We are either free to engage in a new opportunity, or not. Open to adventure, or not. Open to new people and experiences in our lives, or not.
Our focus from baby-hood through mid-life is focused on achieving, building things, loving and learning, exploring, creating, working, playing – life-filled joys, fruits of laboring, and partners, and children. Working hard, playing hard, providing well, and having hope for our offspring, our brainchild, for our legacy of good works, good deeds, and proper planning.
Thereafter, people fall into two groups.
Those who continue, perhaps more slowly, doing those same, with smiles on faces.
The other group feels they’re ‘over that hill,’ that time and opportunities are dwindling, days are getting shorter (seriously, that’s just a seasonal thing).
But what about their loss/change of expectations?
If I thought I was going to die tomorrow, I know how and where I would spend my time; not as Asimov said, ‘typing faster,’ but with family and friends.
And typing as fast as I can.
Apparently in good health – I believe, if I suddenly had terrible news, to adjust my ‘best before date,’ I wouldn’t relent or allow that to staunch my dreams and hopes, or my zeal to pounce on the next great idea that rolls into my brain.
We are either open for business, or we are not. Pick your group.
The plain and simple truth is, we choose.
We choose, in everything. Sometimes things seem so quick, so automatic or rooted in our habits, but that is about choice-making. Even when we think we are choosing nothing, or choosing not to choose, that too is a choice.