For Single Boomers and Seniors it’s a good time to take stock of our lives. An article in the Los Angeles Business Journal refers to this as the “Second-Half Run” (April 13-19, 2015, page 47). It’s important to look back, look forward, and most importantly to look at the here-and-now
Many of us are fortunate enough to be living younger lives than those of the generation before us. This youth and vigor comes with a price and an obligation to ourselves and those close to us. It is very easy to keep striving to make the future something more than the present is. This striving can be a positive force in keeping us young. However, it can also make us blind to the present – to the “now.”
We all know of the close friend or relative who was healthy and vigorous yet suddenly diagnosed with some life-threatening illness. Suddenly the importance of the present becomes all too clear since we don’t know what the future holds. The truth of course is we don’t know what the future holds, even for those of us in great health.
Those of us in or entering the “second-half run” can benefit by hitting pause and taking stock of where we are, where we’d like to go, and how we can get there by enjoying the present along the way.
This morning as I attempted to write this article, with little initial success, I left my laptop, looked out at the sunny morning in spring, and got my dog (a Golden Retriever named “Sunny”) and took her for a walk. Normally I would put this off until the end of the day but I know there is something about the morning that invigorates me so out we went. The late April sun was bright, the breezes were a bit warmer, the flowers blooming were beautiful, and Sunny and I became part of nature, today, now, in the present. It was a joy and I promised myself to remember, as I strive for an even better future, to not sacrifice today for tomorrow. A good reminder of this is the song from the hit Broadway musical “La Cage aux Folles” named “The Best of Times is Now.” Look it up online and listen to the words. And have a good day and life!
By Bob Rodino, Ph.D