Over the past few months, I have met and worked with some amazing women, in their early 70s to mid 80s. Chronologically, these women are considered old (senior citizens), but mentally and physically, they are decades younger. Daily, I am surrounded by some of the wisest and sanest people I have ever met. It’s impossible to not listen to them without learning. Every single day, I learn something new – about the world; about myself. These women show me just how much I don’t know about living and aging.
The one thing these women have in common is their remarkable attitude about life. They seem not to mind getting older, but they refuse to get old. Here are a few other things they have in common.
- They are active – in every way. They are engaged and involved in some type of social activity – whether community or church. They all do some form of physical exercise on a regular basis. They walk, play tennis, take group exercise classes, or swim. One even participates in a weekly hip hop dance class. Another meets her walk group at 6:30 a.m. at least 5 days a week.
- They are conscious about what they eat. Even when we work long hours, I notice that they don’t eat a lot of junk. In their bags, they have apples, nuts, water, and other healthy snacks.
- They have a supportive inner circle. Some of these women have had the same friends for over 50 years. And, they take time out of their busy schedules to spend time with their friends and family. They remember and celebrate special events like birthdays, and the like.
- They are current. They keep up with current events. Many are even technologically savvy; sending me emails and text messages. One even has a twitter account.
- They are passionate about something. Right now, they are focused on impacting the results of the 2012 presidential election. So, they are tireless and fearless – even though it sometimes means stepping outside of their comfort zone.
These women are a living testament to George Burn’s quote that “you can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old”.
Do you have some thoughts on not growing old? Let me hear from you.