What are we too old for? The answer is nothing. Age is like a fence. Cut a hole in it, and there’s no stopping us.
How about parachuting? Here’s a club for parachutists over forty: http://www.thepops.org/.
And adventure trips? Richard E. Byrd explored the arctic while in his sixties.
Many famous authors started publishing over 50: Frank McCourt (66), Donald Ray Pollock (55), Annie Proulx (67), Sue Monk Kidd (54). Although Judy Densch had done theatre and television, she’d never been a hit in films until her role as M in Golden Eye (61).
Peter Roget invented the Thesaurus at the ago of seventy-three. Colonel Sanders opened his first KFC in his sixties.
I checked the Thesaurus (thank you Roget), and I quote directly from the online version: adult, grown-up, grown, full-grown, of age, fully developed, in one’s prime – these relate to a person, and to impart a state of being: responsible, sensible, adult, levelheaded, reliable, wise, dependable, shrewd, discriminating. And finally, there is also: careful, thorough, deep, considered.
Sounds good to me.
Let’s return to the Thesaurus; for antonyms, he has: adolescent, childish, unripe, impulsive, unthinking. How tasty is an unripe peach? For those of us who’ve had children, how much fun is adolescence?
Do you enjoy half-written books? What happens to those around an unthinking bus driver or teacher? An unreliable officer, mayor or engineer, are they wise and thorough in their work?
Canadian Baby Boomers and Seniors are 44% of the population and our buying power is huge. In the US, Baby Boomers alone hold 70% of the disposable income and are 44% of the population. The UK has similar statistics: the number of people turning 65, in 2011, rose by 30 per cent in a single year.
We have the strength, power and numbers to prove our worth. Do we sit back and take the constant barrage of media over how much health care we’re going to need, without raising our outraged voices? Do we choose to leave the armchair travelling to the days of our youth behind?
Are we ready to seek out, and not shy away from: exotic languages, the trip we’ve always meant to take, an unexpected business opportunity, the job at the corner store, the events at the local community centre, a long-coveted artistic endeavour?
By itself, the ability to choose is empowerment.
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