Leigh Anne Tuohy for AARP: Living With Purpose and Passion

October 18th, 2011

by Leigh Anne Tuohy

There’s no magic pill to make us immortal, sad but true. I think I have finally grasped what “the rest of your life” really means. I’ve heard the phrase time and time again, but it never really registered until recently. I can’t really describe to you how I feel, now that the reality of the phrase has sunk in. I will tell you, when you reach this realization you have a keen awareness of what is truly important in life, and what is not.

I realize that aging is a process over which we have no control, but we can control how we spend the rest of our lives. So many of us are guilty of just turning the TV up a little louder and sinking down in the La-Z-Boy and making a somewhat nonconscious decision to just ride this out. It’s as if we have drained our levels of energy and lost our enthusiasm.

Are you lying dormant, collecting dust? Do what you were created to do with the time you have here. Live each and every day with purpose and passion. Sometimes I think people live in fear about the rest of their lives, almost counting down the days. Don’t live in fear of the future. When we do that, we rob ourselves of being a vital contributor to the present. We didn’t have a thing to do with when we arrived on this Earth, and we aren’t going to have a thing to say about the day we exit it, but you certainly can have an impact between the two.

We’ve come a long way in this journey, and we can definitely leave the heavy lifting to someone else, but let’s continue to persevere. Yes, we all have highs and lows in our lives, but we have so much to share and give. There has never been a better time to be over fifty – maybe because I just arrived there – but to me, it means a time to be fabulous, be passionate, be seen, be heard and most of all, be available!

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