We’re all doing it. It’s only natural.
I’m growing older as I write this sentence and it’s happening to you right now as you read it.

Now, I’m not sure how you feel about this—I’ve felt a little overwhelmed by it all many times. But what if this whole process of aging is actually better than what we’ve imagined? Let’s hear what a few wise people who have been doing it for a while have to say about growing older.

They make it seem pretty wonderful.

“The thing that bothers me is my kids are 60 years old. I’m getting young and they’re getting older.”

The video below isn’t just one of the ones that have left me the happiest right after watching it. It’s also the one that has given me the most tangible action to apply to my life. (I’ll list the reasons underneath the video.) But please, let yourself have 5 minutes to sit and be happy. This wonderful film from creator Jenny Schweitzer Bell is so worth your time.  Maybe after, we’ll each feel all a little more at ease with wherever we may be in this experience.

Isn’t that wonderful?

Let’s go over the advice they gave about growing older that stuck with me:

  • Being curious keeps your brain young
  • Have a passion. Feed the passion.
  • Take advantage of every day.

As I go, I’m learning that these can be done in small steps. That if you listen to your interests and give them the space to exist, you’ll be able to do all three in no time at all. So… what is it you want to do?

12 minutes

The Best Advice from 100-Year-Olds

Have you wondered what advice your 100- year-old self might give you today in your current circumstances?

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If you’d like to see more work from filmmaker Jenny Schweitzer Bell, make sure you check out her website and Vimeo portfolio! You can also stay up to date with her work by following her on Twitter.

Stay open to new possibilities!

  • Sam

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” — Albert Einstein 

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  1. “The Blessings of Aging.” Vimeo, Jenny Schweitzer Bell , 14 Dec. 2018, vimeo.com/306408994. Accessed 16 Jan. 2019.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.