I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how few satisfactory role models there are for us as we get older. A quick look around internet images shows gnarled hands, pain and loneliness or impossibly beautiful people, who are backed up by personal trainers, chefs, stylists, make up artists etc.
No wonder a lot of people are apprehensive about getting older. For many people this anxiety starts in their forties or early fifties. Older people feel it’s normal to be tired all the time, to take a combination of drugs, to put on weight and to feel depressed.
So, I decided to start Upliness to fill these gaps and to tell other stories.
Upliness is a membership site, so you pay a small monthly fee to get amazing interviews and special content.
A central part of Upliness is recorded interviews with experts and “ordinary people”.
There’s lots of information on the net, but the expert interviews are with highly intelligent, qualified people talking about some aspect of healthy happy ageing in a way you can relate to and with information and insights you can take away and apply in your own life.
Expert interviews include:
- A gym owner who talks about how to get yourself motivated to work out and eat right.
- A doctor involved in elderly care who talks about healthy ageing and dementia.
- An editor and book coach who talks about the options for getting your book published, what publishers are looking for, how to find a literary agent, and strategies for self-publishing.
- A clinical psychologist who talks about how many people get more anxious as they get older and how to overcome that.
- A former professor of psychiatry who talks about the wellness stories we tell ourselves and how to change them.
I’m also interviewing people who have a can-do attitude to some aspect of ageing – one of these people could just become your new and vibrant role model. Here are some examples:
- A woman talking about regaining her confidence after the menopause.
- Someone doing a PhD in her sixties.
- A man whose wife of 42 years committed suicide and how he found meaning again.
- A 67-year-old woman starting a new business.
- A man who came out as gay in his 20’s and was rejected by his social circle and then went into a downward spiral, but now in 40’s has found peace and joy.
- A woman who started going to the gym aged 68 and two years later completed a challenge climbing 70 flights of stairs in a skyscraper in Dallas.
- A woman who retired to a new town where she knew no-one. She set up a Nordic walking group that a year later had 45 members and lots of new friends.
- A single woman without family nearby who became a book artist once she had retired from her full time job.
- A couple who first met as friends at University. They re-met in their forties, fell in love and got married. Now they have moved to a new country to start a business together.
- A woman who overcame the severe arthritis that had crippled her mother and was threatening to cripple her. She now runs half marathons and takes no medication.
I hope you’re inspired just by reading what I’ve written. It’s even more inspiring and hopeful when you hear people telling their own story in their own words.
In addition, the site has lots of factual information about ageing, exercise, happiness, confidence, your sense of purpose and much more.
Upliness will help you to embrace life’s journey with hope, inspiration, facts and realism. Getting older can mean getting healthier, happier, more confident, stronger and fitter than you’ve ever been. Upliness proves that and shows you how.
Go to Upliness and check it out. Your older self will thank you!