August 5, 2011
Aging and Wisdom
The fashion mags would have us believe that women over age 30 are “past the peak of life.” Try telling that to Kathleen Vestal Logan – what does she say to women who feel they can’t live their best life after 50? “Hogwash!”
“The good life doesn’t happen by accident,” Logan, author of Second Blooming for Women, tells PINK. By taking care of ourselves through things like healthy eating habits, ensuring financial stability by properly planning for retirement and clarifying our Life/Work purpose, she says we can feel and be the best we’ve ever been, even after the big 5-0.
Women can rediscover themselves after 50 through “identifying the ‘weeds’ in life – common behaviors (like procrastination and perfectionism) that can are known to inhibit potential.”
Plus, “learning your personality type – the specific talents, strengths, and skills you possess – will give direction and focus to your choices,” says Logan, adding that assessments can help you do this in a matter of hours.
Having trouble embracing age? Experts say thinking about the fear of aging may bog you down with the negative aspects of it. WebMD lists great things about growing older, like the freedom to say, do and wear whatever you want (as long as it’s work-appropriate, of course).
For more positive-aging inspiration, Logan suggests books like Flourish and The Path in addition to Second Blooming.
Bonus PINK Link: Now that you’re ready to embrace aging, check out these tips on rediscovering your authentic self.
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By Chela Counts
"The individuals who ‘age successfully’ are those who
maintain a positive outlook on life." Dr. Donna Jacobi
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