Would you have believed when you were young, that new capacities emerge in our minds as we age? The normal way of seeing ageing and older people is through the lens of loss. We see so many elders who have lost interests, memory, physical health, family members, friends, a long list of losses. Some of those losses may be real, others not.
But seldom do we notice the huge gifts and gains which arrive in older age. We often assume that WISDOM arrives in older age – and it sometimes does. What else could we gain?
Instead of guessing, as people in the third half of their lives, let’s look at our own experience. And let’s look also into scientific research which shows that our brains can develop and grow new capacities at ANY age.
We need to first understand that there are new possibilities. Then we need to believe it and embody it, and last but not least act on it.
The emergence of new capacities in older age is not common knowledge and not even of general interest yet. And still the “elderly” tend to see ageing as a negative thing.