Aging baby boomers are moving into the future with few role models. As we enter the fourth quarter of our lives, we cannot look at what our mothers were like at the same age and say, “Yep. That’s going to be me.”
In essence, we are aging without a roadmap. Our mothers had their mothers to look to for what to expect. Their assessments were likely accurate. Our daughters have us. If they’re paying attention, they’re learning that it’s possible to run a marathon at 53, play the romantic lead in a movie at 61, and have a book published at 68.
One thing is certain. Today’s older woman is far more focused on productive pursuits and healthful habits than previous generations. Whether it’s a testament to staunch determination, good genes, or clean living, most of us are more vital and younger in spirit than our mothers. But we have no way to predict what will happen as we grow older or how our quality of life will be defined.
The aging process will certainly be a different journey for each of us.
Genetics and lifestyle play a major role in the paths our lives will take. In spite of the variables, we will all share the not-knowing part: the unexpected, unpredictable changes that appear as we move forward. The road is not well lit—heck, there isn’t a single streetlight—so we’re left to make our way in the dark. Our greatest consolation is that we have each other for company along the way—sharing the twists and turns and surprises that appear at every turn. And that will make all the difference.
The purpose of the Don’t Stop Now website is to help each other make the most of our time. We want to show that life doesn’t stop after a certain age…that watching from the sidelines is not an option…that intellectual, spiritual, and physical development can occur at any time.