An affirmative approach to aging takes into account that new parts of us are always clamoring for airtime. The soul and spirit don't “retire” even if our careers do, and there's a difference between getting older and growing older.
These parts of us could be passions and creative leaps, service projects and leadership roles in the community, a new line of work or an exploration of some non-work modes of expression, or simply rediscovering the sense of wonder and love of learning. They ask us to continually reinvent ourselves and stay close to our deepest sense of passion and purpose.
In this episode, we'll explore the nature and nurture of passion as we age – what inspires it and what defeats it, how we lose it, and how we get it back.
In this episode, you'll discover:
- Passion can be cultivated and turned on as well as turned off
- Passion is in the risk-the willingness to step from the sidelines onto the playing field.
- Passion breeds passion, and disinterest breeds disinterest. If we lack passion in our own lives, our other relationships will be denied that energy.
- Passion is more than exuberance; it's endurance.
- Passion is intimately related to health. To the degree passion is vitality, honoring our passions enhances our vitality.
About Gregg Levoy:
Gregg Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (rated among the Top 20 Career Publications by the Workforce Information Group) and Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion, is the former behavioral specialist at USA Today and a regular blogger for Psychology Today.
He has presented at the International Conference on Positive Aging, Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, Microsoft, American Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, and many others. He has been a frequent media guest, including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR, and PBS.
A former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico and former columnist and reporter for USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer, he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Fast Company, Reader's Digest, and many others.
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