There is so much of life we have absolutely no control of: the weather, the economy, the way everyone around us drives, etc. The only piece we really get to manipulate is our philosophical approach. When I think of the older people I know and have known who inspire me, they are the ones with a sense that time will run out before they do and there are some of their characteristics I've embraced as ones that I want to carry into the second half of my life:
- Engaged in community
- Physically active (as active as physically possible)
- Constantly learning
- Willing to be a beginner
- Reading, watching movies, going to plays
- Embracing new music
- Being a thoughtful, involved neighbor
- Surrounding ourselves with diversity: folks of different ages, racial & ethnic backgrounds, genders, socio-economics, etc.
- Refraining from giving/offering advice~unless specifically asked
- Accepting our kids wholly for who they are, their choices, etc.~allowing them to be themselves without trying to influence or judge
- Willingness to say "yes" and "no"
- Every day is a new adventure!
As Teri and I have shared, we don't know what's going to happen tomorrow or next week or next year, but we have a pretty good idea of who we are going to be when it happens...