I’m noticing how my thinking changes/deepens as the years go by. Interesting to track the journey.
Why Not Do What You Love? (the book) was initially produced to inspire and encourage me, as I had been coping with many losses associated with an unwelcome diagnosis of MS in 1997. By 2010, at 70, I was aware I needed to find my voice and take a stand: No matter what, I am still determined to do what I love, at a pace I can manage.
Over several years, through occasional book readings, online sales, conversations and emails, my heart has been warmed to notice that the Why Not? philosophy has also been resonating with reflective souls other than myself, from the young ones to the older ones, actually from 22 – 90.
Currently, I am well into the third chapter of life, which is what I choose to call the years 60 – 90. Although I consider myself still young-old, I’ve concluded that giving planning time and attention to doing what we can’t not do, and to what gives us meaning and satisfaction is only one of the “package” of issues that begin to face us as we age. While staying sane, useful, and nourished, as prompted by Why Not? will always be an important element of our elder lives, there is another piece of the life planning process that warrants our attention.
Some day we will be in the old-old cohort. At some point, perhaps unexpectedly, our end will come. And it’s not too early to think about that. Here’s a link to my more recent thoughts on what I consider an important additional element to this part of the “life” planning process: Over 60: Take Time for “Life” Planning (1).
Best Wishes to all…