On October 19th, just a few days shy of my 47th birthday, I was invited by Pfizer to participate in a blogger summit to talk about my feelings on getting old. Why does Pfizer care how I feel about getting old? Well, in June, they started an initiative, GET OLD (www.GetOld.com),
supported by nearly a dozen organizations, to amplify the conversation on aging and learn more about how Americans of all ages are tackling aging for themselves, their family and society.
One component of the initiative is GetOld.com, a site that asks people how they feel about getting old: ANGRY, UNEASY, OPTIMISTIC or PREPARED. The site encourages people of all ages to discuss aging by sharing and viewing stories, photos, and videos about getting old, and provides valuable information on aging from leading experts, partner groups and individuals like you and me.
To better understand how we feel, Pfizer invited several bloggers, between the ages of 30 and 60 years old, to share our feelings and hear from some experts on how to live better as we age. I’ll be honest, up until the moment I sat in the room and was asked “how do you feel about getting old”, I really hadn’t thought much about it. I’m too busy working, raising my kids and caring for my aging father to even consider it. I have a feeling that’s true for many women like me who are smack-dab in the middle of the sandwich generation.
It reminded me of that Talking Heads lyric – “Well, how did I get here?”
I started to think how I would answer the GetOld.com question and I realized that I would have to say OPTIMISTIC. I fortunately inherited my mom’s eternally positive outlook on life. I’m in good health, I married a wonderful man last year and I truly feel that the best is yet to come. My 20’s was devoted to starting my career, my 30’s was about starting a family and my 40’s so far has been about reinventing myself. Thinking about my 50’s and listening to other incredible women sitting around the table, I realized that this will be a time to relax and enjoy being me.
How would you answer the question? Do you feel like you’re on a rapid slide down hill or are you excited thinking about what’s to come? Let me know your thoughts and go to http://www.getold.com/ to answer and find out about some great resources.