We all have passions that we wished we would have nurtured when we were younger. But the truth is, getting older means you might have a lot more time to foster your dreams and explore your passions.
Grandma Moses was in her late 70’s when she first took up a paint brush. Helen Keller wrote her first book at age 75, and she couldn’t see or hear.
Michelangelo designed the dome in St. Peters when he was in his 80’s. I guess that leaves the rest of us without an excuse not to be creative!
Being creative is good for you! Gene Cohen, author of “The Creative Age” and expert on aging said there are so many good things that being creative can do for anyone.
According to Cohen, being creative is good for health, both physically and mentally. Engaging in creative endeavors increases our sense of well-being. It relieves stress, and gives us an emotional outlet.
Being creative sets a good example for our younger family members and also makes us more interesting people. Staying active and socially connected is a vital part of successful aging.
Finding our passion and giving ourselves permission to be creative can be such a freeing experience. Who cares if you don’t become the next Grandma Moses, if painting is something you enjoy, it will give you a sense of accomplishment. You might not make it to “Dancing with the Stars” but what fun you’ll have while getting some great exercise.
Learning new things keeps our brains sharp and helps prevent dementia. A good life should be filled with learning experiences and things that challenge us to be more than we are today.
So, whether it’s creative writing, drawing, painting, ballroom dancing, or learning how to square dance, get out there and make your mark. There’s never been a better time to become a more fulfilled you!