Please Experiment

There is an easy way to stop yourself from bringing more money, joy and meaning into your life. Just believe that you should have figured out by now what you'd like to do, that it's too much trouble to go through change, that you are not certain about the outcome.

But why not have fun with it? Why not play with it, try it out, experiment? If you can't decide if mentoring students is something you'd enjoy, try mentoring one for just a semester and see how you like it. If you'd like to give Greek lessons, try it for a few months. Maybe it's for you. Maybe it's not. Either way, it's all good — and how will you know if you don't test it out?

The Myth of Old Age

I have news for you: we’ve all been taken for a ride. Our civilization is advancing so quickly now, that we simply are not revising our beliefs in pace with our progress. Before the wonders of modern medicine, old age meant increased vulnerability to a host of poorly understood diseases, and so old age and disease became forever linked in popular imagination. Old age is not a disease. It’s time the two get unlinked.

There are, of course, bad habits that people accumulate throughout their lifetimes that lead to physical and mental decline. A lifetime of bad nutrition, a sedentary lifestyle, lack of mental and emotional stimulation have all been linked to decline. Eastern medicine has long recognized that stagnation is associated with ill health, and the free flow of energy is linked to wellness. Please read our interview with Paula Chin, who explains this concept in depth.

All of Us Are Going to Find the Genius within Us

In Part III of this interview, Donna Rohlf, a Human Design analyst, shares her view that we are designed to live longer. We can learn from those who are well-functioning in their old age. In Donna's experience, these are people who are on their purpose in life. They know why they’re here, and they are aligned with their purpose. They are with joy. They are accepting and yet not passive.

Continued from Part II

Julia: What else have you been working on?

The Radiance of Light

Donna Rohlf is a psychoanalyst, a licensed Human Design analyst and, more importantly, a great humanitarian. Her life is dedicated to helping humanity better understand its own design and potential. In Part I of this interview, Donna Rohlf shares her personal story and the wonderful synchronicity that transpired to bring about recovery from a serious illness.

J: You had an extreme experience, by any standard; you had three weeks to live…

I Can Fall in Love with Everything in Life

Irena Polkowska-Rutenberg talks about falling in love with life, her philosophy of radically creative aging, being fulfilled, having no fear, and jumping with a parachute at eighty. She is impressive!

Julia: What is radically creative aging?

Flow: the Art of Living

Paula Chin shares her life strategy of being flexible and its benefits for both life choices and physical well-being.

Julia: Paula, how did you choose what to do?

If You Are Not Singing and Dancing in This Very Moment, Why Not?

Ohbeeb Cavalcante is the connoisseur of joy. She describes joy as feeling the gift of every breath, being alive with gratitude and love. Ohbeeb calls herself a love activist. In this interview, Ohbeeb discusses being beautiful and ageless.

J: Let me share the memory of the first time we met.  Normally, when I first meet someone, I take in the details of who they are: male or female, young or old. I was surprised to later realize that I didn’t think that at all, I thought to myself, “This woman is so beautiful”.  When I think of getting older, what I would really love for myself is for people to see what I represent, and have it take center stage to how old I am…

A Man of Many Talents

Mark Feinsot has been a physicist, a pilot, a salesperson and is now a CPA. He talks about his idea of retirement (never) and why being a CPA so exciting that he is never going to quit.

Mark: what would you like to know?

Julia: You call yourself an anomaly, because you have had three or four different careers.

M: I worked as a physicist for a few years…

J: What kind of physics?

The View of the Sage

Carl Witonsky talks about people who never realized their dreams, how retirement can provide them with an opportunity to explore things that they always wanted to do, and how he has been able to create a wonderful portfolio of work, play and mentoring.

Carl Witonsky: At 40, I decided I was to learn the piano - from scratch! I had one piece I wanted to play – the Rachmaninoff’s piano concerto in D minor…

Julia Valentine: Pretty ambitious!

When They Say Retire, They Mean Take Themselves Away From the Human Race

 Effie Lewis is a powerhouse salesperson and a voracious reader. Effie is currently looking into starting Tai-Chi classes - she takes her well-being seriously. Effie discusses her experiences in retirement and shares her observations on how NOT to do it.  

Julia: Effie, I know you’ve been interested in working a few days a week. What are your most recent experiences interviewing?