Over the course of a lifetime,
we will experience the highs and lows of life. No doubt, the subsequent transitions between the peaks and valleys will be bumpy. It is during the stressful, difficult times that we realize the importance of resilience–the ability to “bounce back” from adversity. To meet the most daunting challenges of life, we gotta have bounce!
Human beings are inherently relational creatures. Among other things, we attach to people, things, ideas, titles, money, and dreams. Hence, we are consequently at risk of experiencing loss and grief as attachments change or end. Since we live in a grief illiterate society, few people are well informed about the process of grief and mourning. Thus, we are wise to learn about loss in order to move through loss and to live beyond it.
Due to increased life expectancies over the past century, we live in a multi-generational society. Generational diversity affords us the opportunity to learn from each other and to serve each other. We all have something to offer. And, we all have something to learn. It is this lovely, mutually beneficial, multi-generational exchange that enhances the ultimate meaning of the aging process.
Aging is a shared journey for all ages.