The same thing can happen to you. A great place to start is by transforming the negative ideas about age that media and society have planted in your head.
When you do, you will feel and see the difference! Here's How:
1. Watch Your Language
No, I am not telling you not to swear (though, that might be a good idea too). What I mean is that you should listen to the kinds of words you use to describe others... and yourself.
Language is powerful. The words we use to describe ourselves carry all sorts of emotional associations we don’t even think about.
But words matter. When Suzanne started calling her knee braces "hike enhancers", all of a sudden her feelings about them—and what she was communicating to the world about her own aging—totally changed. By using specific language she was reminding herself and others that we can always find a way to live unlimited - no matter what age we are.
Pay attention to how you talk about yourself! The tiniest changes in language can revolutionize the way you see yourself—and the way the world sees you.
2. Think Like A Child
Remember how excited and proud you felt about getting older when you were little?
When we were kids, we’d claim every last bit of age that we possibly could—“I’m nine and a half!” “I’m seven and three quarters!” When we were little, getting “older” meant getting “bigger.”
It meant we were getting more knowledge, more independence, more mastery, more adventures. Guess what? It still does! As we get older, our capacities expand.
We all knew that truth when we were kids. Remind yourself!
3. Visualize Your Timeline
Society teaches us that our life's timeline looks like the shape of a mountain. Supposedly, life goes uphill until we hit this imaginary peak called “the prime of life,” and then it’s all downhill from there.
But who drew that picture? It certainly doesn’t match the experiences of the men and women we know. So many in our community continue to travel and learn and teach others well into their 70s and beyond.
We just keep expanding! Our timeline feels more like an uphill journey all the way. So we drew our own picture. That's what the mobility revolution is all about.