Senior, Aging, Older, Fogey Are Not Words You Need to Repeat

Aug 19th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If you believe in your own status as a human being, no matter your current age, you are permitted to live without labels. Most of us past the magic number, whatever that is, that defines retirement and all its wonders, or lack thereof, need to free ourselves of those words that are somehow designed to categorize us.  Every generation has a label.  Each generation has to define how it will accept or reject or redefine that label.  Every individual is allowed the right to claim his/her individuality within the framework of  the expectations of life at the moment.

To be corralled, almost like cattle, into a sociologically defined pen is not to be the person you want to be.  Let those without imaginations accept such limits.  Let those who have always colored within the lines continue to do so.  Let those whose imaginations have been dulled by compromise and conformity continue to stay in their boxes. 

Recommended words for our vocabulary and state of mind include: energized, exuberant, involved, imagination, creativity, colorful, optimistic, entrancing, inspiring, curious, capable, ready, kind, affectionate, humorous, productive, grateful, grounded, lieberated, essence, fluent, poetic, charming, graceful!  You can add as many more as you are inclined.

Our lives do not literally need to be caged.  We are free to be who and how we wish to be.  We gave our son a book when he was just a tyke, “Free to  BeYou and Me.”  Maybe it’s one we ,who are beyond being a tyke but, could heed its lessons, need to reread.

Depression, sadness, down days are experiences that come and will.  However, the assignment for those of us who qualify to be considered “older,” need to take control of those days, to minimize them, to put them down and outside the realm of having too much influence on our lives. This is our assignment, if we choose to accept it.



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  1. Interesting and informative. But will you write about this one more?

  2. Help me with ideas and concepts to approach this topic. I will be happy to cobble together what I can, always appreciate suggestions.

  3. Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.

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