"Wisdom" is the positive characteristic attributed to people in later years of life. Ancient societies believed that if an "old fogey” survived long enough, he/she must know something of value and therefore have value. These seniors were esteemed citizens and not considered at all to be "dead weight" to be thrown overboard.
In the 1800s, 50 to 60-year-olds were respected as elders. They were considered wise, and respected. Without the Internet, new information about the world came slowly, and living longer was the enlightened path to knowledge.
Today, 2012, only SOME of our 70 to 80-year-olds are considered wise, and guess what...we Boomers are now also becoming seniors! New and valued information is available almost instantaneously to everyone via the Internet.
The CARROT? As today’s seniors, if we choose to be active and constant disciples of learning, we can remain a vital source of currently relevant wisdom. In Internet language, no matter your age, you can be a SME: a Subject Matter Expert. We can retain the mantle of "wisdom" if we choose to live an active learning lifestyle and travel first class on the “technological ship of knowledge." (And remember, in case you’re afraid of embracing this technology, the “first step to knowledge is confusion!”)
The STICK? Go ahead: Don't try to keep up with social media, smart phones, and notepads. Then see if your children, grandchildren, and active peers think you are "cool," or if they see you as a "Has Been." See if they consider you a source of sparkling dinner conversation or a “fuddy-duddy,” a teller of repetitious stories that everyone can repeat verbatim while rolling their eyes and yawning behind your back.
The POINT? This stuff in not just for seniors. It's for those of us who want to have competitive businesses, those of us who want to "get the joke," those of us who want to have a positive influence on our families, those of us who like to feel confident among our friends; and (you may have seen this coming) for those of us who want to be Active Positive People with a lifestyle that creates value for ourselves and others. Check out our article “Active Positive People Flock Together -- But Where?”
The ULTERIOR MOTIVE? Oh yeah, we definitely have an ulterior motive! As Boomers and seniors in our 60s, we want our friends to remain current and vital, so we have buddies with whom we can banter and help solve the world’s problems.
Ah, yes, remember "Whirled Peas" in our article "Active Boomers Make the World a Better Place?” We also want our peers to be healthy and fit, so they can come out and play: Tennis, dance, walks in the park, golf, basketball, Frisbee, Kick the Can, Tug-A-War, you name it! After all, our grandkids are getting tired of us beating them at their own games!
Please don't be a "Boomer Slacker" -- be an Active Positive Person! Keep learning, keep moving, and come out and play!
So, what are you learning today and where are you playing?
Sheri and Bill