It’s no secret that age brings new challenges that are often seen as obstacles. During the first decade of our Life’s Third Trimester (our 60’s) we see many changes in our bodies, our social and work connections, how we pace ourselves. The habits we fall into, even new perspectives on life seem to emerge everywhere.
I’ve often equated the 60’s as the adolescence of Life’s Third Trimester. Of course, that’s not a hard fast rule, but it does seem to bring as many physical, social and emotional changes as we experienced in our teens!
So how do you view these changes? How does your family, society as a whole see us during this time? Often there are prejudices, mistaken beliefs. These attitudes have been labeled “ageism” from not just others, but ourselves as well.
During this Meetup Discussion let’s explore those challenges and changes, the attitudes that seem to surround them and the opportunity they may actually hold for us as we continue on our journey of Life’s Third Trimester.
Here’s an example. If we are slower now, people may consider us useless or boring or infantilize us unjustly. Seen as an opportunity, slower paces can bring wonderful new perspectives (just imagine the difference between a hike and a car ride). We may find our thoughts slow down enough to actually become more creative. Perhaps we begin writing more poetry or are able to express deeper emotions.
What challenges can you come up with seen from this angle? What are the commonly held attitudes about those changes and what if any can you begin to see as an opportunity as a result of them?