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Understanding Senior Issues

Jun 10, 2019

Are You Feeling Awesome?

I was recently on a website that sells children’s clothing. On the main page I found a few words that resonated with me. It started off with “There was a time when you were five years old, and you woke up full of awesome. You knew you were awesome. You loved yourself. You thought you were beautiful, even with a missing tooth and messy hair and mismatched socks inside your grubby sneakers.”

It goes on to ask if you are still feeling awesome, or along the way and the years did someone take it away from you. I spent last weekend with my grandkids, ages 5 and 8. It saddens me to imagine that someday someone is going to tell them that they’re not beautiful enough, strong enough, thin enough, smart enough, good enough. Instead of listening to them I hope they consider that this “someone” may be wrong.

With all the life challenges we face, the losses, the self-doubt we own, how do we hold onto some of the awesome we once took for granted? I think it starts with intention. I’d like you to ask yourself:

Who is defining success for you? Are you defining what’s right for someone else through your judgement? Is there such a thing as a person with no self-doubt? At what age do you stop living the life as you’re “supposed to” and start living your authentic life?

We all know that each day is a gift. That’s not a doomsday statement, it’s a realization that today is the day I’m living, to its’ fullest, in all of my awesomeness. I have another opportunity to make a difference, touch a life, grow, learn, be kind. I’ve been given another day to engage with, so what is my “intent” as I traverse it. Will I take a moment to be silly, try something new, encourage someone who’s struggling?

Age can and should be a time of reflection, reengagement, and renewal. But how we approach it, what our intent is, will determine what we give and get out of it. Maybe it’s time to rediscover your WAKING UP FULL OF AWESOME!

Adele Lund

Laureate Group

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