I have extreme examples of aging in my parents—my mother died at 50, my father at 95—which may account for my keen interest in the process. Well, that and the fact that I myself am old-ish.
My father’s main attitude about his aging self was one of gratitude. It took him a while to get there. But by his 80’s, he was finally giving up his attachment to anxiety, trying harder to appreciate all that was blessed about his life.
That “attitude of gratitude” served both of us well while he was alive, and serves me still. And that is partly what drew me to this program on NPR. Because, really, what if it was my father’s attitude that at least partly accounts for how damn long he lived?
And as promised in a previous blogpost, here is the complete schedule of this year's Printers Row Lit Fest, with the theme “What’s Your Story?”
http://printersrowlitfest.org. Once on the link, click on "schedule" for all the details.
My workshop--Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories--takes place on Saturday, June 11, 3:30 - 5 pm. It's free and no tickets are required. Any questions, please email me.