If you’re younger than eighty, you might be in for a pleasant surprise as to what lies ahead. Things might be better than we ever imagined.
I say this after watching a trailer for Carl Reiner’s new documentary on aging. Reiner—who I’ll always think of as Meathead’s dad—is 95, and he’s loving life. The film looks absolutely inspiring. I love the look of wonder on the faces of these 90-year-olds who are dazzled by the fun they’re having.
You might say Oh sure, they’re rich and famous. Why wouldn’t they be having fun? But.
I see the same look of wonder on my friends, who are poor and unknown. Maybe there’s something we don’t know.
The movie is on HBO, which I don’t subscribe to, but it says on the ad that you can stream free for a month. I might subscribe just to watch it, and then cancel. Here’s the trailer:
FASHION UPDATE: You’ve probably seen this chick everywhere lately. She’s Lyn Slater, and she’s not a model, or she didn’t used to be. A professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, she was discovered, because, well, look at her. So now she’s become a professional model and celebrity of sorts, I guess because nobody expects older people to look this good. She comes by it naturally; all her life, she’s been a fashion iconoclast. Now she’s a style icon. More power to her, and to us. If you want to learn more about her, here’s her website.
Are you happy with your life as an older person? Rhonda Hetzel is, and she has a great, calm, empowering outlook. You might want to check out this post, which is inspiring and uplifting. I loved it.
June 20 is the birthday of Lilian Jackson Braun, author of the The Cat Who… series of children’s books. Lilian was 53 when she published the first of her thirty books, and 94 when she published her last. As a writer, I hope I have chosen a profession/hobby/passion I can continue until my very last years, so she’s inspiring.
I can’t remember if I told you this already 😉 but here’s some good news that dementia rates are falling.
And lastly, the late Henry Miller, actor and author, wrote about being eighty. This article contains inspiring and motivating excerpts.
I hope I’m not overwhelming you with links, but you could bookmark this post and read it later. Mainly, I wanted to share evidence of a hypothesis of mine: that there is something rich in aging, something gratifying, that we younger people might not be aware of. Something that would offset any fear of mortality in favor of enjoying the increasing bounty of the coming days. Enjoy.