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9 months ago · · 0 comments

It is Never Too Late

Photo Credit: Diana Bowen / Southern New Hampshire University

Amy Craton put her education on hold for 50 years in order to raise her four children as a single mother. Once the responsibilities of life were fulfilled, she “decided to finally finish her education because the timing was right – and she disliked the idea of being idle during her golden years.”  This is an inspiring example of a woman completing a life-long dream of completing her education. Once completed, she set her sights on graduate school.

Healthy aging includes examination of our lives: where have we been, what have we learned and what do we still want to do? Active seniors who remain healthy into their advanced years have continued to find purpose, to set goals and complete things they can be proud of.

Ask yourself the question, “If I were to die today, what would I leave behind? Have I said what I wanted to say, done the things I wanted to do, finished the things I wanted to complete?” 

What are the things in your life that you feel are incomplete or undone? Consider things you want to do, something you want to accomplish, places you want to go, and people you want to share something with. Consider those you have unresolved issues with or those with whom things have been left unsaid. Be specific. Give a timeframe for when you will complete these things on your list. If you do not plan to complete something, ask yourself what keeps you from doing so? 

If 94-year-old Amy Craton can graduate college with a 4.0 GPA, you can accomplish or complete anything you have on your list.


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At Transitional Wisdom we work with individuals and their families as they navigate the aging and completing life process. Using Transitional Wisdom Action Journal, we guide individuals and the family unit as a whole to complete unresolved issues and create a family care plan to support the aging and/or ill.

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