weekly blog--one for the ages
Last Saturday night I went to see playwright August Wilson’s one-man show where he (through an actor) shares stories about his first few jobs, a stint in jail, his lifelong friends, and his encounters with racism, music, and love as a young poet in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Its title, How I Learned What I Learned, seems applicable to how the ConfrontingAging website has evolved. Nearly every day since the site was launched I’ve read an article or met someone that has expanded my understanding of the aging process, or reinforced something that I had already documented.
Last week I came across an article on volunteering which made the point that you really have to do your homework on selecting the organization and assignment. The wrong experience can prove to be unrewarding and demoralizing. You could also say that about life in general. But keeping a positive frame of mind regardless of the situation is a great way to offset the disappointments, reduce stress, and age successfully.
I also read about an emerging company beta-testing a website called Cake that was developed by MIT students to help people document and share their end-of-life wishes. It’s probably one of the more important aging issues that you can control, and one of the easiest to put-off doing until it is too late.