Aging is a Vast Wasteland
Closely related to Myth < is the notion that not only is aging a slow, sad decline, but that nothing much happens to you any more once you’ve passed to the far side of midlife.
The truth is that one major research study has identified 42 life-changing events that routinely take place 50+. Some are happy events, such as the birth of a grandchild; other events, such as the loss of a spouse, are accompanied by a host of emotions, from grieving to anger.
Even the most challenging events at this later-in-life life stage can be occasions for dynamic growth and change, however. Just as challenging developmental milestones mark rites of passage in our earlier years, so are we likely to be more fully and passionately engaged than ever by rising to the various occasions life will bring our way as we age. There is nothing empty or boring about this time in our lives. We have the potential to be more fully alive than ever.