I am extremely fortunate to live in a community where the majority of the people are what I call ‘switched on.’ The are committed to their own health and the health of their families, friends and larger community and by this I mean physical and mental health and emotional well-being. They are very conscious of the quality of food they eat, when they eat and why they eat.
While my group of friends range in age from 8 to 80, it is fair to say that the majority of my close friends are in the stage of life that we often refer to as ‘ageing’. However, it is hard for me to actually keep this in mind because there is such vitality amongst them, that I don’t often have to stop and consider what special arrangements or precautions we might need in a day outing or a trip to the beach. But, of course, observing my mother’s generation, I am aware this could start to change as we continue ageing.
But to what degree does it have to change? Are we doomed to a sedentary existence? Must we look forward to decreased vitality, loss of memory, lack of interest in what is going on around us?
It made me think about an interview that I did a few years ago for Esoteric Women’s Health. The purpose of the interview was to talk with three women, aged 57 to 68 at the time, about what it meant, to them, to age. In this interview they discuss the advantages and disadvantages of aging and their conversation covers both the physical and the metaphysical aspects of growing older.
There is so much wisdom on offer in this interview that I wanted to dust it off and offer it to the Joy of Ageing Esoterically readership. So, go get yourself a cuppa, make yourself comfortable wherever you are and give yourself a half hour to sit with these engaging women, sharing in the wisdom of their individual lives as well as the wisdom of the ages.
Gayle C, Australia