Enough of this over the hill stuff

Singer-songwriter Amanda Carr has a brilliant technique for managing life’s ups and downs: She redirects her energy towards positivity, even when faced with something tragic.  Haunted by the Boston Marathon bombing, for example, she channeled her grief not by composing a requiem, but by penning a rousing, hopeful song, Boston Anthem.

Amanda and I were both on Jordan Rich’s radio show recently, and the three of us chatted about life after 50, and how it’s much different for Boomers than for generations past, when life expectancies were 20-30 years shorter than they are now and retirement meant you stopped working at 65 and faded from there.  “Enough of this over the hill stuff,” Jordan said, pointing out that his 85-year-old father is glued to his computer (meaning he’s not an old fart technophobe), and that he (Jordan) knows many people who run the Boston Marathon in their 70s and 80s, and others who are writing books in their 90s.

These are the people who are taking my advice to heart:  Find something you want to do with your life, and do it.  No one else is reponsible for how you feel, what you dream about or what you accomplish.  No one else is going to rescue you from emotional or economic doldrums, not your spouse, your friends or the government.

To Amanda’s point, making the search for meaning in the last third of your life is something to be excited and—yes–positive about.

Positivity isn’t naïve, or trite.  It’s functional.

Proof that it’s working:  Amanda is in the middle of one of the most creative periods of her life. “I’m in better shape now than at 30 . . . and I’m a lot more comfortable,” she said. “I’m easier on myself, not overachieving tor the sake of overachieving.  I feel great.”

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One response to “Enough of this over the hill stuff”

  1. David Lubert says:

    I always question when people say “life must be much different as we approach 50 than previous generations” , because I am not certain that it really was ….Do we know this for certain? I never thought to ask my father for instance what he was thinking as he approached 50? I wonder if my son will ask me? Should I tell him! Maybe I will now that I am 53…..

    What I do know for certain is that I was in better shape when I was 30, but that is because I weighed less and I have not forgotten all the things I could do without much rest….That being said I think I know much more now than what I did when I was 30 and what really matters when you turn 50 is what you do with all that knowledge!

    I have discovered that if I sit I will die far sooner than if I exercise and I need to exercise 6 days a week for more than 1 hour a day. I also know the more I apply the knowledge I have learned with the knowledge I am acquiring the more likely my life will be more richer and fully than when I was younger and possessed less knowledge, but could stay up all night long !

    I also know that before there was email it was ok to return a voice mail the next day or to sit on a answer for two days, before responding. The same holds true for responding to a email or a tweet! Wisdom is not in guaranteed with age, it is all in how you apply the knowledge you have gained over time!

    Enjoy the blogs very much!

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