I yelped with joy, reading Connie Goldman‘s sense of what we’re, each & everyone, called to do ~ ~ “The challenge of aging isn’t to stay young; it’s not only to grow old, but to grow whole – to come into your own.”
That is a great quote because it is as true when we are twenty as when we’re inching up to ninety. ALL of our life is about being all thoroughly all that we are as possible, whatever our situation or circumstances.
What too often blocks our way is having our aging ever upward woven into a cultural fabric that seems to disengage from grasping the importance & power of true elderhood, that puts barriers in the way of continued growth – in the name of convenience.
Life was never meant to be convenient. It’s SUPPOSED to be challenging & messy, enriching & inconvenient, expansive & exasperating. From first breath to last.
Older people need advocates, people who help brush aside physical, emotional, even mental barriers. Every step these essentials take, every action, helps them grow whole, helps them come more fully into their own.
The life they enrich, that they help give the space to grow whole, may be their own!