If you are feeling glum about aging, you might want to listen to today’s podcast episode.
Jan M Flynn interviews author Priscilla Long about her book Dancing with the Muse in Old Age, and her thoughts about aging well. I liked so many parts of the interview. First of all, the author was trying to be proactive as she neared her 80s. She wanted to ignore the stereotypes about being a certain age and shape old age in her own way. I enjoyed the philosophy of the “say your age” groups who aren’t afraid to say the words “old age.” She mentioned briefly that it was important to take care of yourself, but I got the idea that this is not the primary focus. What she believes is most important is to continue to develop yourself. To continue learning new skills, practicing your craft in new ways, and constantly growing. I want to be one of those people creating new work in my 80s, 90s, and 100s. If you need an aging pick-me-up I suggest you listen to this podcast episode and maybe read the author’s book.