Thursday, January 5, 2012


I have never been a fan of Jane Fonda (she just turned 74), but what she says in this recent TEDtalk video resonates with me. Life should not be viewed as an arch where "you are born, you peak at mid-life and decline into decrepitude". That's just the physical aspect.

As we approach our third age (some of us are already there), it's time for a new metaphor and a more inspiring one at that.

Life (or age) is a staircase. Each passing year is a step up that staircase. Along the ascent, we pick up experiences that make us wiser, stronger and more at peace with ourselves.

What lies at the top of the staircase? That would depend very much on what each of us is hoping to find, wouldn't it? And whether we have been preparing ourselves for it.

What are your thoughts on this?

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