Monday, April 11, 2011

(Not) Aging By Learning And Playing

Recently I have re-connected on Facebook with a business friend. He has sent me as a teaser a picture from our “olden – but golden” days, suggesting it was just few years ago. I had a temptation to correct him, the photo was taken already at least 17 years ago… Did I feel old realizing it was so long? And what about my authenticity? How much have I lost it because of my age or due to the top management expectations during my professional career?

Aging is a topic most of us hesitate to talk about. But the curve of aging is linked with learning. We cannot grow old, if we succeed to learn something new and stretch our minds enough every single day. We cannot grow old if we constantly try to improve the way we think and behave, if we actively and positively fight the obstacles we face. Challenges are good for us, because they help us to expand our horizons, to make a difference and to keep our soul young. The bigger we aim the more barriers we can expect and the more creative fresh approach we have to take. 
Feeling “for-ever-young” means we can tackle the professional and private life-hurdles with ease. Feeling young means we are able to nurture our inner child. We are able to build on the skills we have had as youngsters - being naturally curious, enjoying to engage with spontaneity and laughter, without fear.

Most of the time once we adults assume the responsibilities of life, we stop playing. We close our minds to new insights and powerful thoughts. We live reactive, passive, “comfortable” lives. We are afraid to take a chance, to live through new experiences, to search for greatness.

But does it have to be that way? What would our life look like if there was more authenticity? Where would our work experience bring us, if we started to bring more fun, imagination and greatness back to our jobs?  How would we feel if we started to fully enjoy every second of this journey called living?

“Aging only happens to people who lose their lust for getting better and disconnect from their natural base of curiosity.” Robin Sharma.


  1. I love this thought, Jana! Wonderful post, on work, life, and what truly matters. Resonant. Thank you!

  2. Thank you so much, Jennifer, for your comment! Once again - a topic "on the border", I am grateful for your support.