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This wild, wonderful journey we call life

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Aging has its downside, of course. Things go wrong. You wake up one day, like I did recently, and realize with horror and consternation that your sex drive has taken a tumble. It's not quite what it used to be. What? A test shows that my testosterone level is only 101, when the normal range is 200-900 or so?

How could this be?

But surpassing any of aging's complications and anxieties is an enormous upside sent directly from heaven. Growing old offers the opportunity – if we are so blessed – to connect more deeply than ever with the love at the core of our being, and express that love to the full regardless of what may be going on with our physical body.

A door to greater self-discovery

Putting it another way, aging – like any challenge – can be a door to greater self-discovery. We have time to embrace and nurture deeper aspects of ourselves than was perhaps possible when we were busy with the responsibilities of adulthood -- or intoxicated with the adventure of youth. We can listen more keenly to the quiet voice of wisdom in our heart.

My experience of meaning increases dramatically as I express more love into my world. Simple little moments, like watching the bunny who lives under a tree outside our house, or saying hello to the young lady serving me coffee at my coffee shop, acquire new wonder.

I discover that I can heal my past. I can see unfortunate events or difficult relationships from my past in a new light. I see my father, Reg, in a totally new light -- the light of love. We clashed so painfully while he lived. I didn't understand him and he didn't understand me. But now I do understand him – just as I know he understands me -- and my love for him is uninhibited.

That's worth something, isn't it? Perhaps that victory alone makes aging more than worthwhile? But there is more than that. So much more.

A re-birth for my book

What a wild, wonderful journey life is. I find a growing passion in me to share my experiences of aging as fully and broadly as is possible. Just so you know – it’s why I’ve been a bit silent on my blog – I am working to re-craft and re-imagine my recently published book on aging. I love my book as it first appeared under the title, Aging into Bliss. It was my "baby." But life seems to be calling on me to make some changes – perhaps a new title, a new cover, and some more new material -- and how can I argue with life?

Whoever we are, and wherever we live -- the truth is that life is really in charge. I send you greetings and love and would love to hear from you on any of the above.

Picture credit: Robert Lz

 

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JH February 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm

What a wonderfully written email, filled with love, and leaving one with a sense of peace in this otherwise chaotic storm we call life. Thank you! I’m 36 and just beginning to feel the effects from and see the truisms you’ve written on aging. I love aging! What a wonderful process, and what a wonderful gift to be able to slow down and experience more of the real beauty the precious gift of life has to offer.

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Christopher Foster February 11, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Hi JH. Thank you so much for your beautiful words. Much appreciated. I do wish you all the very best and a wonderful and meaningful life.

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Angela Artemis|Powered by Intuition February 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Hi Chris,
Go with your gut. When a project “calls,” it means it’s not yet finished. I’m excited to see what changes you make to your already wonderful book!
xoxo,
Angela
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Christopher Foster February 11, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Such a pleasure to hear from you Angela. Thank you for your kind and very helpful words. And thank you especially for your friendship. Love back at you.

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Elke February 11, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Hello!
So great to hear from you again, I have been missing you!
I’m just enjoying the birdsong for a little while before I start another hectic day.
Take care & I’m very much looking forward to your next post!
Best regards,
Elke

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Christopher Foster February 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Thank you Elke. I’m very thankful for your kind words. You take care too and we’ll keep on doing our best, won’t we. What kind of birds do you have in your neighborhood?

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Evan Griffith February 11, 2013 at 11:48 pm

I’ve missed your voice, Christopher . . . but am intrigued by this revisitation to your book.

My favorite Fosterism today:
“I discover that I can heal my past.”

Evan
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Christopher Foster February 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Evan, bless you and thank you. You are a light in my world.

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Colleen February 12, 2013 at 1:19 am

I also lost my Father two weeks ago and I can now understand what you are talking about.

I love reading your messages Christopher. It inspires me to fully embrace the life that we have been blessed with.

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Christopher Foster February 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Colleen, I’m so sorry about the loss of your father. It’s a privilege to share this journey with you. Your kind words mean a lot to me. Take care now.

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Nadeja February 12, 2013 at 5:24 am

Hello Chris, What a wonderful post. I feel the love emanating from you and to you from here. Healing the past, seeing things anew, re-working your book – How Exciting!!! Thank you for sharing your inspirational life with us! Love to you and your beautiful wife Jo-Ann.
Nadeja

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Christopher Foster February 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

A joy to hear from you, Nadeja, as always. Thank you for your words, I feel your spirit very much present.

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Dewan Sohan February 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

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Christopher Foster February 12, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Thank you Dewan. I’m happy to hear from you. You’re seeing a lot of the world, I wish all the very best with your travels.

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Paul February 16, 2013 at 9:39 am

Great post Christopher. At 62 I’ve seen a big change in my life. In my youth my Dad and I fought constantly. The sixties brought in a lot of change and discontent in society and family life. 43 years later I have finally grown up. I am lucky that I still have my Dad and my admiration, respect and love for him grows each day. Thanks for letting me share this.

Paul

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Christopher Foster February 16, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Thanks Paul, that’s beautiful. Good for you. I’m very happy to hear about you and your Dad and wish you both the very best.

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Joe February 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Hello Christopher –

What a pleasant surprise to discover your blog and enthusiastic outlook on life. Most of the people I know in their golden years seem to be more focused on their aches and pains and regrets than on healing, learning and love.

“You wake up one day, like I did recently, and realize with horror and consternation that your sex drive has taken a tumble. It’s not quite what it used to be. What?”

I suppose, that looking on the bright side, you’ll at least finally be able to think about something else for the first time in 65 years? Something to look forward to. I’ll be sure to relay the good news to my wife… only 40 +/- more years to go 🙂

Thank you,
-joe

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Christopher Foster February 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Good to hear from you Joe. Thank you for your kind words and also for the little ray of comfort that you so kindly offer:-).
Good wishes and God bless.

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Jack Roy February 22, 2013 at 4:58 am

Christopher , I was just moved by your awestrucking words. Life is a journey and you never know where it will take you. So we should live our life to its fullest. You correctly said that simple little moments, like watching the bunny who lives under a tree outside our house can teach us as well as relieve us from many pains we undergo in our daily life.
Thanks for sharing this touchy post!

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Christopher Foster February 23, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Thank you Jack. I really appreciate your comment and it’s good to take a moment to share with you in honoring the little moments of our lives.. who knows, when we get really long in the tooth perhaps they will be as precious in our memory as the great big moments…. Blessings to you.

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Nettu April 5, 2013 at 10:58 am

I have been missing you!
I’m just enjoying the birdsong for a little while before I start another hectic day.

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Christopher Foster April 9, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Hi Nettu, thanks for writing, a little bit of birdsong is a real blessing isn’t it. Best wishes to you.

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