Keep growing, interesting ones

Are you familiar with this bit of wisdom from Bob Dylan?

He [—or she—] who is not busy being born is busy dying.

We’re living in an amazing age, one in which another familiar phrase, “aging gracefully”, has more meaning than ever. The days are done when young people had all the fun. All the freedom. All the possibilities for multiple, age-neutral life phases.

It’s possible now for folks who are 50+, 60+, 70+, even 80+ to live dramatically different lives from one another. Some are acting out inherited beliefs in which it’s time now to be tired, to be unhealthy, to be in many ways done with exercise and self-care, with passionately held dreams, goals, and ambitions. Meanwhile, others are exercising longer, eating better, engaging in self-care like it really matters, and developing powerful skills like mindfulness and meditation that truly change the aging game.

An ever evolving, this-is-our-time approach allows the wisdom of our elder years increased space and time to develop. Then we can share that wisdom in relationship and in all kinds of satisfying creative contributions. We have our own difference to continue to make in the world, which traditional societies have always known, but modern culture forgot. These days we’re busy changing the game back again.

So I say this:

The early 21st century is a phenomenal time to be “maturing.”

Though of course the eternal fountain of youth remains undiscovered. No amount of self-care negates the reality of eventual aging, or the fact that bad things like disease or other misfortune can still happen to good people no matter how much yoga we do. We need ever greater inner fortitude as our birthdays accumulate.

In light of all that, bravo to all who continue to push with aplomb past all kinds of internal and external boundaries, intentionally living with the consciousness that we humans have never been exactly here before. No one has yet been 50+, 60+, 70+, or 80+ in the ways that are possible to and through us.

So go for it, my dears:

Grow on with your bad selves as, yes,
you keep getting more and more interesting.

In the process, on this wild, wonderful, 21st century journey, reach out for the expert holistic support that you need and deserve to keeeeep living fully.


Holistic Coach Teresa Young works with clients to accomplish their passion-based goals in healthy, soulful new ways. She coaches by phone, in person, and via Skype outside the U.S.

Choose who you’ll be in THIS pregnant moment

“Pregnant moment” is a phrase I learned from a dear friend who I miss terribly. He’s gone, but his way with language lives on in my heart and mind, continuing to inspire me. Because this moment and every moment are chock full of new possibilities, right? We truly do get to choose who we will be in each one, what energy, ideas, thoughts, feelings, attitudes and intentions we will bring to it.

If you aren’t sure how you feel about that, consider just “trying it on”, testing it out, for a few minutes at a time, like a meditation. Or longer, for an hour, a day, a week-long exploration, or more.

Maybe you’ll find it as liberating as I do. Because the past is in fact behind us, unless we keep dragging it into each brand new, as yet unlived opportunity. And as for the future, well, truth is, there’s this moment, then the next, then the next… How do we want this one and that one to be? Who do we want to be in them? Indeed, what do we want to give birth to, my dears?

Our way to the future is in fact through each pregnant moment. So we keep coming back to constant chances to think, feel, and act as the “who” we consciously choose to be, today, in THIS moment, rather than reacting in old, habitual ways that won’t move us toward what we want most.

What’s most important to you? What motivates and inspires you? What brings you joy? What brings you peace? Try choosing your way today, moment by precious moment. And let me know how it goes!


Certified Professional Mindset and Meaning Coach Teresa Young works with clients to accomplish their passion-based goals in healthy, soulful new ways. She coaches by phone, in person, and via Skype outside the U.S.