Two women in my life gave me my first lesson in mindset — as far as I remember. Ruth and Betty (not their real names).
I didn’t use to think about transitions in my life. Their value and impact were highlighted for me when I took the Modern Elder Academy Online course. A big focus there was the transitions we go through in life, and the stages of the transitions. The conversations around this opened my eyes to the impact transitions have on our positive aging, and even on our longevity. Let’s explore my observations and thoughts so that you can also have an eye-opening experience.
The concept of elder seemed quite straightforward to me — until I started turning my coaching toward positive aging and longevity. That’s when I bumped into people who see it differently than I do. Some see the term “elder” as positive while others see it as a negative or pejorative term.
Remember the holidays when you were a kid? If you were like me, the anticipation and excitement of things to come kept you awake at night — and then got you up early in the morning. The good smells of delicious food, decorations appropriate to the holiday, special traditions, and parties.
When I was in 5th grade, a friend called me out on my littering as we walked through the field from her house to mine. She taught me that litter was my responsibility. Especially my litter. My trash scattered on the landscape detracted from its beauty — for me and everyone else looking at it.
That’s just the way it is. You’ve heard that said. Maybe you’ve even said it. But, is it?
It’s a human trait, I have observed, to learn something once and stick with that knowledge. Sometimes we figure out on our own how things really are. Even when things change, even when what we learned may not have been accurate then. How many outdated or imagined ideas do you have in your collection of knowledge?
The Magic of Community is part of what has made the Camino so memorable — so impactful — for me.
I’ve walked the Camino de Santiago, the pilgrimage to the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. Twice. The Camino has changed my life.