My advice for my fellow Boomers who feel quite stuck – written for the Retirement and Good Living blog:
George Elliot said, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” A great quote if there ever was one. It’s inspiring for us Boomers who still have some gas left in the tank and are looking for “one more bite of the apple.”
I was reading recently about how Michelangelo went about creating a sculpture. He said that he looked at the rock, decided what was in it, then chipped everything else away. In other words, he was looking to see what the rock was supposed to be. Isn’t that what we do, constantly seek to find who we are supposed to be. Our job then, is to get rid of everything else.
There is a tendency to grow up becoming who others want us to be. Then one day we wake up and look around, and realize that the path we have been on has not been of our choosing; we have lived primarily to satisfy the expectation of those around us – parents, teachers, children, friends, bankers, etc.
So, do you continue following someone else’s path or do you cut your own and leave a trail? If so, it’s time to chip away at all that doesn’t belong.
It’s never too late to be what you might have been.
Evidence That It’s Never Too Late:
- Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became President
- Jack Lalanne at age 70 handcuffed, shackled, towed 70 rowboats
- Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the United States
- Dianna Nyad, at 64, became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage.
- J R R Tolkien was 62 when the Lord of The Ring books came out
- Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise
- Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III was 57 years old when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549, in the Hudson River in, 2009. All of the 155 passengers aboard the aircraft survived
- Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote The Cat In The Hat
- Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought the McDonalds franchise and took it to unprecedented levels
- Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became president
- Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa
- Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out
Decide if you are on the path you want to be on, or if it’s time to makes some changes.
Stephen John Stulic is a partner with Designs To Grow Coaching and Training, helping clients find their voice and a life of purpose by encouraging them to make inspired choices, and challenging them with the prospect of what they can become. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who are nearing retirement will need to pay more attention to their health than they did in years past. Thankfully, living a healthy lifestyle is not overly complicated, although it does take some effort and self-discipline. Following are some simple yet very effective healthy living tips that a person who is getting on in years will want to put into practice.
In an earlier post, I gave a shot of realism to dispel the myth that vaccines are the root of the problem of increased levels of ADD/Autism (from mercury) – that instead we must look to our foods, air, and water if we want to actually decrease the incidence of these disorders, plus cancers and lesser but still severly problematic medical conditions like asthma and allergies.
That’s scarier, I know, because we can avoid a vaccine but cannot stop eating, breathing, and drinking water. But if we want to stop the problem, we have to address its real cause.
To further illuminate the dangers associated with in this case our food sources – how they have been tainted or packaged in a way that does us harm, for the purpose of increased profitability for the provider – here is a well written compilation piece by Dr. Joseph Mercola (www.mercola.com), and an excellent list of things to avoid.
Avoid These 7 Foods and You’re Off To A Healthier New Year
1. Canned Tomatoes
The expert: Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A
The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Acidity — a prominent characteristic of tomatoes — causes BPA to leach into your food.
2. Corn-Fed Beef
The expert: Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of books on sustainable farming
Cattle were designed to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. A recent comprehensive study found that compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
3. Microwave Popcorn
The expert: Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group
Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize — and migrate into your popcorn.
4. Nonorganic Potatoes
The expert: Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National Organic Standards Board
Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes they’re treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting.
5. Farmed Salmon
The expert: David Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany
Nature didn’t intend for salmon to be crammed into pens and fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT.
6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones
The expert: Rick North, project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production. But rBGH also increases udder infections and even pus in the milk. It also leads to higher levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor in milk. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers.
7. Conventional Apples
The expert: Mark Kastel, codirector of the Cornucopia Institute
If fall fruits held a “most doused in pesticides contest,” apples would win. And increasing numbers of studies are starting to link a higher body burden of pesticides with Parkinson’s disease.