I recall seeing the title of a book written by Nora Ephron called I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman. Now, I am not going to blog about necks or the psychology of aging and women. But just hearing this title quite honestly turned me off, because it sounds so negative. And I am not a person who aspires to being positive in a tone that makes it sound like life is just a bowl of cherries . However, I have consistently discovered in my life that when faced with a choice of mindsets, I ALWAYS feel better and seem to get better results in whatever life endeavor I am trying to achieve, when I tell myself or try to tell myself to maintain a positive mindset. (Although this doesn’t mean that my inner critic is not trying to get heard!)
So in this post, I want to talk about the issue of aging and how to maintain hope about engaging in a creative endeavor. It is so easy to think it is just too late. But while it might be too late to become a ballerina, it might not be too late to enjoy seeing others dance.
I was especially inspired when I read that David Seidler received the Best Original Screenplay award at age 74 years old. He said, “my father always said to me I would be a late bloomer.”
He also said “I have heard I am the oldest person to win this award. I hope that that record is broken quickly and often”. I hope so too. And not just for the big fancy accolades like his but for accolades of any kind. It could be as simple as someone at 90 years of age in a nursing home taking a painting class .
So what do I mean by being mindful? In an extremely upbeat book written by Ellen Langer, entitled :”Counter Clockwise, Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility,” she describes it like this, “It is about the need to free ourselves from constricting mindsets and the limits they place on our health and well-being, and to appreciate the importance of becoming the guardians of our own health.” I’d like to suggest that this same belief can be applied to one’s relationship to their creativity.