By Joanie Marx
It has been said that throughout his life Pablo Picasso was fond of saying youth is ageless. Is Picasso’s wisdom true or have we fooled ourselves about age and youth based on what we’ve been led to believe by the campaigns and stories fed to us through the media and the boundless advertising campaigns we have been bombarded with over the years?
As we grew older, many of us fall into a trap of trying in vain to reach back into a timeless void to reclaim a semblance of our youth. The moment we began to see signs of aging, as we have been taught to define them, our state of joy is adversely affected and out we go to locate a remedy. What we are seeking is an experience that is intricately bound in the physical.
Our search to remain forever young is underscored by the belief that the younger our bodies are the younger our state of mind is. This is precisely where Baby Boomers can employ our wisdom and use it to change the story of our lives by no longer living in fear of bucking the status quo about aging, which is rooted in a scarcity mindset. The question isn’t whether we can do this, but how do we achieve it in our lifetime?
PRESENT DAY STRUGGLES
As the largest segment of the world’s population, Boomers are in a unique position to exercise our strength in numbers; by changing not only our belief in scarcity but also how aging can be celebrated, rather than shrouded in disease and fear. But, until our generation can look beyond our past and let go of the grief, anger and guilt that comes from the immense losses we have had to endure, our wisdom is not a gift but a curse.
The era we grew up in, both as children and adults, forced us to deal with some agonizing losses. We’ve lost family members, friends, spouses and children in alarming numbers. Add in the enormous financial losses and incalculable variety of health issues many are dealing with right now and it seems impossible to escape the myth of scarcity.
What makes all of this harder to deal with is that much of our present day struggles are the result of how we lived in our youthful, carefree days. Our generation built up a seemingly insurmountable mountain of debt in order to live as we have, the least of which was financial.
OUR INNER WISDOM
Keenly aware of this is the media and advertising industry that keeps the media afloat. This is evidenced in the not so subtle ways the guilt of past errors and our fear of aging is leveraged in stories and advertising campaigns. While it may sound easier said than done, our inner wisdom can be applied to mute the negative messages we are subjected to.
When companies realize that they can profit from our wisdom, the campaigns and stories aimed at our generation and others will change. Therefore, it is not enough to try and change the outside world from what we think is not working. We must first look within and change what we feel we are worthy of experiencing.
The challenges we face today can be much easier to navigate when we use our wisdom to forgive ourselves for the mistakes we believe we made at various points throughout our life. Forgiveness allows us to enjoy and share the amazing accomplishments that have paved the way for us to live in abundance rather than scarcity.
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