Adventure of Aging

The cultural conversation has shifted. Everywhere we turn, on the radio and in the newspaper, the topic of aging dominates. Whether catching up with friends or enjoying a friendly card game, discussions about “frailty,” “memory loss,” and the dreaded “too old” label seem inescapable. The question of how we navigate these mature years has become a national priority.

This focus is undeniably relevant. It impacts the political landscape, of course, but it also hits close to home for many of us. Personally, recent health challenges have prompted me to confront my own mortality. Witnessing close friends pass away makes it impossible to ignore the inevitable question: when and how will my own story end?

I vividly recall a conversation with my daughter after receiving my early-stage cancer diagnosis. She asked if I was scared. While fear wasn’t my primary emotion, I confessed, “I worry about facing this without dignity and grace.”

Yet, what if we could shift the narrative? Imagine if we could set aside partisan bickering and embrace a more positive approach to aging. After all, older adults continue to offer invaluable contributions to society and to the world around them. Just this morning, I read about an octogenarian author publishing his 63rd book! Did you know that over half of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic designs were completed after he turned seventy? Every day, inspiring stories surface of seniors leaving their mark on their communities and the world.

Perhaps aging isn’t a decline, but an invitation. Maybe God desires us to slow down and adjust our pace, but also to discover a new purpose in our later years. If we dedicate as much energy to finding our role in this “season of silver linings” as we do to clinging to youth, who knows what we might achieve?

Initially, the national conversation surrounding aging filled me with a sense of dread. It wasn’t just about the future of our leaders, but also about my own. But upon deeper reflection, I realized that aging isn’t a dead end, but a new chapter – a chance for adventure. The specific challenges facing our leaders will find resolution, one way or another. I have my own opinions, but that’s a conversation for another forum.

Let’s acknowledge the realities – dementia, Parkinson’s, and sensory decline are all potential hurdles on the path of aging.However, wouldn’t it be remarkable if a senior citizen played a key role in finding a cure for one of these very conditions?

The future holds immense potential. By embracing the opportunities that come with aging, we can rewrite the narrative and pave the way for a future brimming with purpose, dignity, and even a touch of adventure.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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