Here at Boomers Leading Change in Health, we’ve got so much going on it seems time is flying at warp-speed—so much so I must confess that I’m having a trouble keeping pace—and quite frankly, it isn’t much fun. (In fact, I had hoped to send this issue of the Boom Box out two weeks ago!)
More than a few people I know have commented to me that they, too, feel they’re always behind—they have too much to do and not enough time to do it. Is it a generational issue? A time management issue? An attention-span (or lack-of-attention-span) issue? An “I’ve bitten off more than I can chew” issue?
How many of us are in the habit of making To Do lists that are so long there is no possible chance of getting everything done? How many can point to a myriad of household projects started-but-not-yet-finished? How many have collections of recipes we’ve been meaning to try, books we’ve been meaning to read, and/or places we’ve been meaning to go—but just “haven’t found the time” yet?
I, for one, am guilty of all-of-the-above and getting more frustrated by it (and myself) with each passing day.
As we get older, I believe we become more cognizant of the passage of time, and many of us begin to ask ourselves whether we’re spending our time wisely. How much time are we spending doing the things we HAVE to do? How much time are we spending doing the things we WANT to do? And how much time are we spending doing the things that don’t fall into either of those categories?
If you’re like me, your answers to these questions are Enough, Not Enough, and Too Darn Much.
And so, as the first official day of summer approaches, my goal is to take control of my life—and my time—so that once falls rolls around, I will be in the habit of spending that time more wisely (at least I hope so—being disciplined about these things is not my strong suit, that’s how I got into this situation in the first place).
I am fortunate in that I already know how I want to spend my time—what I like to do, what I’m passionate about, what “fills me up” so to speak. Too many of us aren’t. Too many of us have not given ourselves permission to explore all the possibilities and opportunities available to us as we age—the encore careers, the opportunities to make a difference by serving others, the concepts, ideas, and new ways of thinking that keep life exciting.
Each of us owes it to ourselves to push ourselves in new directions throughout our lives—and, perhaps, most especially as we age. After all, it’s only when we’re older that we have the additional knowledge, wisdom, and perspective to appreciate where we’ve come from—and where we can go.
That’s why Boomers Leading Change in Health is sponsoring BOOM!, an entire day devoted to celebrating the upside of aging—and there IS an upside! A day of inspiration—and information—that will make you think, encourage you to explore your options, introduce you to new people and new ideas, and give you a chance to focus on your “what’s next.”
BOOM! will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Inverness Hotel & Conference Center in Englewood. Our fabulous keynote speaker will be best-selling author and humorist Judith Viorst. Plus, the day will feature thought-provoking plenaries and break-out sessions, an exciting volunteer expo, delicious refreshments and lunch, and more. We promise you it will be a day well-spent—and one that you won’t forget. For more information—or to register to attend—please click here.
I really hope you’ll join us—if nothing else, BOOM! will give each of us a chance to jump off our hamster wheels, take a deep breath, get our batteries recharged, and have some ACTUAL fun!
In the meantime, the clock is ticking and my To Do list is singing its siren song.
Here’s to a great summer filled with more of what you WANT to do, and less of everything else . . .