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    If We are Not Getting Older….


By JoAnn Thibault

As long as we are still on this earth, we age. There is nothing we can do about it. So let’s face the facts and embrace the aging process!

When I was 15 years old, the thought of being 20 was exciting and so far, far away. When I was 20 years old, the thought of 30 was scary and so far, far away. When I was 30 years old, the thought of 40 was a career shattering awakening, and (not) so far, far away. Now I am 44 and the thought of 50, 60 or 70 is not so scary, not such an awakening, but a reality (not) so far, far away.

Instead of dread – let’s embrace. The reality of it is, at any age – you are only as old as you actually feel, and most of us, feel the same, year after year. The number of years we are on this earth should be considered for only two things: 1. Knowledge, and 2. Experience.

Therefore, let’s suck up as much knowledge and experience as we can while we are here. The good, the bad and the ugly. It’s never too late for continuing education. Either from school or (better yet) from our community and peers. My mother once told me that “everyone should learn something new every day”. And that makes perfect sense! How can we grow if we don’t learn?

If we are not getting older ….. we are dead.  So let us embrace aging – and let’s make it a great process! Let’s stay well educated. Let’s stay healthy. Let’s stay enthusiastic and involved. For we are the 77% of all financial assets in America! We are the majority!


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