I’ve often talked about the difference between aging and getting old as the difference between a physical process and a mental attitude.
This past week I had an experience that gave me a great example of the difference between aging and ageless living.
I was sitting at my local coffee house writing and enjoying a cup of coffee when an older man came over and started talking to me.
Since I was alone and the place was empty, after a time he asked if he might join me. I said, “sure,” and motioned for him to sit.
The conversation which began about the weather, soon led to him talking about his life. Based on the details of his experience, having been in World War II, I assumed that he was in his eighty’s.
There are a couple of old timers around here who frequent this cafe and I’ve had this experience before. A lot of what I’ve noticed, in both this man and the others that I’ve spoken with, is that their conversation is typically about the past.
The unfortunate reality is they have nothing in their present life to talk about. This is why I consider it sad and a travesty.
Contrast this to my friend Richard. Richard is a fun, young, 84 years of age who’s living an active life.
Richard, after serving in World War II and working as an engineer for some thirty years, started and sold several businesses.
Now in his eighty’s he is living a full life. You won’t find him sitting around reminiscing about the past. As a matter of fact, when I met him, I had no idea of his age. For Richard, and those of us like him, age is a non issue.
Richard is actively engaged in his passion which is developing websites to help parents and children stay safe online. He has some 100 sites and is an active member Tobri.com and other social media networks. He can typically be seen attending internet marketing and business networking events. He is engaged in life.
The difference with him, and most likely why he recently won out over a serious illness, is that he is living his life full out, while others his age are sitting on the sidelines clinging to a past long gone.
We are all going to age. The big question is will you age like Richard, living every moment of your life, or will you succumb to the theory that you should look forward to a time when you can retire and “do nothing.”
You already know my answer:-)
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