What seemed like an emergency when I wasyounger seems less urgent today. Living a long time gives the golden gift of experience which provides answers to how to solve problems, but more importantly, perspective. What seemed life or death at twenty, or even fifty, at this stage of approaching 70, now seems just another blip in the landscape of life. Oh no, I used to think, my boss is mad at me. I might get fired and that would be the end of everything! But now I see how I never would have explored better options if I had not left that job, which I did on my own and never did get fired. Oh no, I used to think at fifty, my life is almost over and it is all downhill from here! Now, I see many things improve with time . Later life is a different stage with new requirements like change in diet or fewer jumping jacks and more long walks, but life can be better as we grow older.
Of course I am lucky and found art, and an art form which I can use even with failing abilities. Painting, especially watercolor, is non toxic, easy to set up, light weight, inexpensive, and demanding only of my focus and determination. The rewards are great. A sense of seeing the world differently after each session. Although it is work, it is mostly non stressful work and I believe lowers my blood pressure. Escaping into the right brain world of art is a wonderful break from elder life's stresses such as getting used to bodily changes and loosing loved ones. After using that escape one comes back in stronger condition to face the latest challenge.