What are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older?
Remember this scene from the movie, “Fried Green Tomatoes” where the “young” driver cuts off Kathy Bates’ character, Evelyn Couch, in the parking lot and proceeds to park in the space that Evelyn has been waiting for? To avenge this rude behavior, Evelyn bashes this person’s car and gives us this famous quote, “Face it girls, I am older and I have more insurance,” as a way to remind them that being old has its advantage and it shouldn’t have a “negative” connotation in our youth obsessed society.
I always consider myself having a “young heart” through out my 20s and 30s. However, I become more sensitive about getting old after I turned 40. This year, I also decided to head back to a trade school and took up digital marketing as a way to jumpstart my second phase of career. It wasn’t easy in the beginning tried to transition into something completely foreign to me, especially surrounded myself with a group of 20 somethings in the same class.
I eventually watched, observed and learned from them in the class. Besides the age difference, I finally realized that everyone in this class all shared one common goal; we all wanted to improve ourselves professionally and continued to learn and evolve into something better. Despite being the oldest student in this group of millennials, I actually learned new ways of studying, analyzing, and thinking.
In the end, my age wasn’t a liability trying to start a second phase of my profession, instead, my extensive life and professional experiences made me more confident about making this choice at this age.
If you are passionate about life, yearning to learn something new everyday, and am not afraid of changes, then you are “young at heart”.