Aging Expectations

Ted Talk – Joshua Prager

In an effort to understand all types of views on aging, listening to Ted Talks is helpful. These are great speakers offering, cool insights into what they have learned or experienced as it relates to aging.

My goal is to get you to listen to the Ted Talk I’ve found, or even better, start listening to them on your own (if you don’t already). There are more topics aside from aging. Why? I guess some people are interested in other things. I don’t get it either ;).

This Ted Talk is from Joshua Prager. Joshua is a super smart writer who happened to be paralyzed in a motorcycle accident in 1990. As you watch the video, you will see how inspiring he is because he hardly seems paralyzed!

He has another Ted Talk where he talks about finding the person who caused the accident and thereby his condition. You’ll have to look that one up on your own though.

Today, the topic is about great writers’ wisdom as it relates to each year of life.

Joshua scoured tons and tons of books to find insights that writers related to every age of life from birth to 100. Think about that for a minute. This guy must have amazing patience to be so diligent – “searching through pages and pages for ages and ages.” When I think about it, I realize it is something that I could never do.

He compiled all this research into a book. You can find it here.

I like that he points out these insights to aging are relative. Since we live longer now than we did 100 years ago, what was old previously is not so old anymore. He is also sure to note, that each person does experience life differently. So what might be true for me at 25 is not so for you.

Even with these notes, the aging wisdom of each year may still apply, and still provides lessons and revelations. Even better, that wisdom will help us remember those ages we’ve passed through. Maybe we recall they were not as good as we thought. Maybe we decide where we are today and where we are going tomorrow are the best years of our life.

His most important revelation from all this research…he still has his life to live.

As do you!

Get out there and create a life to remember!







PS – Check out the audience in this Ted Talk. I’m sure everyone thought those bean bags were a cool idea but the woman in green is ridiculous. She looks like she is sound asleep. I give Joshua amazing credit for still giving a great talk even though he was staring at that the whole time!



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