A Beginner's Guide to Ageing, by Jean Fischer
Jean Fischer' s book, A Beginner's Guide to Ageing, sets before the reader a roadmap indicating the avenues leading to a better quality of life: one of optimism, healthy eating, mental and physical exercise, a sense of humour, the need for new adventures, small, medium and large, and the making of fresh memories instead of relying solely on those from yesteryear.
I've just started writing this book. It's Christmas Eve and all is calm, all is bright in this season of peace and goodwill. I've drawn the curtains to create a little cool because we're in the grip of a heat wave, with soaring temperatures. I sit at my desk about to put words together in a way that will hopefully be readable, pleasing and sharing. I'm trying to find an image to encapsulate this new and special time of our lives, this golden age of senior citizenship. The heat causes my thoughts to drift towards the coast and cool sea breezes. And then I've got it! What we now have is the wind of time in our sails. As we venture into formerly uncharted waters, a stiff breeze is blowing away all the staleness of ageing. We're making our way towards a new beginning; leaving behind the badlands of ageing as we enter a new territory of opportunity and fulfillment. We're now able to create spaciousness around the problems to do with ageing. Even if we can find no solution, there's room to manoeuvre. As this new landscape beckons, we have the opportunity to rearrange our lives to suit us better. Within our grasp is a resource of wellbeing virtually unknown to generations before us; an opportunity for health and mobility unknown to our parents and grandparents. The process of ageing happens to everyone - to those with power, money and influence and to those without. Whether we greet it calmly or need to be dragged off clutching at the furniture, it's an inescapable part of the human condition. So we may as well go about being older (but not old) gracefully and with a minimum of fuss. This is the most important time of our lives - until now, everything has been a dress rehearsal. In my younger years as an enthusiastic newspaper reporter, I was often over-zealous in my efforts to change the world - and got on people's nerves in the process. Now that I've reached a hopefully more mature stage of life, the question is: am I still trying to change the world in which senior citizens live? Bear with me. Let's hope this in-depth look at us as we face an entirely new set of challenges will bring some benefits; some laughter or a smile; a glimpse of beauty to help us over the rough spots as we travel this sometimes painful passage through life. However, if you think I have all the answers to ageing, think again. I'm not particularly qualified to write on this topic. This is not an expert opinion. I'm merely a slightly older student of life who likes to have a good time. If I had all the answers I'd be swinging from the chandelier of life, not sitting at my desk on a hot summer's afternoon mulling over how to age successfully. Actually, this book started off as an experiment to see whether mental and physical exercise, healthy food and being busy made a difference to the ageing process. I found the benefits to be considerable and decided to share my findings. It's tricky writing for a specific age group because I've met old 20-year-olds and young 80-year-olds. Our actual age is meaningless - a date on a birth certificate. What has meaning is our attitude to life. I therefore welcome readers of all ages. [...]
This is an excerpt from the book: A Beginner's Guide to Ageing, by Jean Fischer.
Title: A Beginner's Guide to Ageing
Author: Jean Fischer
Publisher: Wordweaver Publishing House
Windhoek, Namibia 2012
ISBN 9789991687889 / ISBN 978-99916-878-8-9
Softcover, 15x21 cm, 151 pages
Fischer, Jean im Namibiana-Buchangebot
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