By Anne Goldberg, contributor
Not too long ago, I was on my way to see a client. It was just after noon and I was at a red light when I heard the crash. A sickening, crunching sound filled the air and I whipped my head around to see a silver minivan being pushed so hard by the oncoming blue SUV that it began to roll over… and over…
I sat frozen as I imagined the terror the driver must have been feeling and wondered if his seatbelt was holding him safely in place. When the van finally stopped rolling over, it spun around on its hood a few times. As I watched in horror, I saw a sea of people who were close to the scene pouring from their vehicles and I could see them retrieve the driver of the van. They got him out through the window, somehow. This all happened within maybe 10 seconds.
My body began to shake. I was shocked at how life can radically change in the blink of an eye. Those drivers left their homes that morning with all the casual abandon that routine brings. They were you and me. They were our brothers and sisters, our children; and in an instant…life will never be the same again.
It took about 30 minutes for the shaking to stop. I was aware of every sound, every movement on the road around me. I could not shake the notion of how arbitrary it seemed. In that moment, it was so clear to me that this was a reminder to live life full out.
Why hold back? At any moment, the life we know can crack open and fall apart. It’s the best reason I know to take hold of life and ride it out with all its ups and downs, joys and sorrows.
Do you see life as a downward spiral into old age or an upward arc into eldering? What are your dreams? What did you always put off “until tomorrow?” Why not do it now? Right here, right now, this very moment is the only thing you have control over. You get to choose what you want to do. What about tomorrow? It’s filled with possibilities, while yesterday is a memory.
There’s no time like the present to connect to the truth that every breath we take is our opportunity to be more, do more and contribute more. Be a Savvy Senior. Take advantage of the time you have here and now. Know your passion. Know your purpose. And if you don’t know your purpose, stay tuned. There will be more posts on that in the coming months.
The Art of Village Living
Anne Goldberg is teaming up with Dr. Larry Siegel for an eight-week series titled “The Art of Village Living,” beginning Jan. 13. Classes will meet the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 1 p.m. in the Life Enrichment Center at The Woodlands.
Here is the schedule and topics:
- Jan. 13: TMI: Too Much Inflammation
- Jan. 27: Cooking With Larry & Anne
- Feb. 10: Move For Life
- Feb. 24: Why Humor & Laughter Are Good For You
- March 9: Sex After 60 For JKV
- March 23: Prescription Drugs, Helpful Or Harmful?
- April 13: Demystifying Anti-Aging Medicine
- April 27: Tell Your Story
All residents are invited to participate. Cost is $40 for the full eight-week series, or $10 for individual classes. Look for the tri-fold brochure in all the Village common areas. To sign up, email LErsvp@jkvfl.com , or visit the Village Centre Lobby. To learn more about the engaging and interesting events happing at John Knox Village, click here!
Anne Goldberg, The Savvy Senior, has a mission to help seniors know they are old enough to have a past and young enough to have a future. Her vision is to create an army of senior volunteers bringing their wisdom and experience back to the community. She helps seniors live into their future with vitality by teaching them how to use computers; with conferences & workshops on The Art of Living Longer; with decluttering & organizing; and with “Tell Your Story Videos”, preserving the stories & wisdom of your life for future generations.