My previous blog post was January 2, 2015, a lapse of four months. That’s telling me something. I notice that inspiration has lagged and it’s now May 1st. After five years of occasional blogging about “doing what you love,” from all kinds of angles, and loving every minute of it, it’s time to “downsize” and focus. The Why Not Do What You Love blog, one of 3, will close. As of today. And the posts will remain, archived right here, on this site, for your reading pleasure. Continue reading
Bronnie Ware, a former hospice nurse, made this case for me very profoundly in her 2012 book, The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying. After many years of tending to people in their last days and months of life, the regret she heard most often was: ” I wish I’d had the courage to lead a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
And so, despite the fact that I have done what I love and what mattered to me for most of my life, I find myself taking the opportunity to scrutinize my journey yet one more time. I’m asking: Continue reading
I’m noticing how my thinking changes/deepens as the years go by. Interesting to track the journey.
Why Not Do What You Love? (the book) was initially produced to inspire and encourage me, as I had been coping with many losses associated with an unwelcome diagnosis of MS in 1997. By 2010, at 70, I was aware I needed to find my voice and take a stand: No matter what, I am still determined to do what I love, at a pace I can manage.
Over several years, through occasional book readings, online sales, conversations and emails, my heart has been warmed to notice that the Why Not? philosophy has also been resonating with reflective souls other than myself, from the young ones to the older ones, actually from 22 – 90.
Currently, I am well into the third chapter of life, which is what I choose to call the years 60 – 90. Although I consider myself still young-old, I’ve concluded that giving planning time and attention to doing what we can’t not do, and to what gives us meaning and satisfaction is only one of the “package” of issues that begin to face us as we age. While staying sane, useful, and nourished, as prompted by Why Not? will always be an important element of our elder lives, there is another piece of the life planning process that warrants our attention.
Some day we will be in the old-old cohort. At some point, perhaps unexpectedly, our end will come. And it’s not too early to think about that. Here’s a link to my more recent thoughts on what I consider an important additional element to this part of the “life” planning process: Over 60: Take Time for “Life” Planning (1).
Best Wishes to all…