Happy January! (Sent just in time ;-)) ...lol)
The patriot in me felt compelled to somehow talk about the inauguration this month. As Americans, I believe we are a lucky bunch. Every four years in early November, we have the privilege of voting to decide who will lead our country, and in January we have the opportunity to watch them being sworn into office. Over the years we have experienced a lot of "firsts" on Inauguration Day. In 2008 President Obama became the first African American President, and then in 2016, President Trump became the first President with no prior experience in government.
This month, we also witnessed some important "firsts". At the forefront, Vice President Kamala Harris became the first female and the first person of color to occupy that office. Certainly a big step against gender bias and racism. Excellent. I also thought it was incredible to see two individuals for whom age was not a determining factor in their individual abilities to be outstanding in their respective fields. As a Life Coach who works with women often struggling with perceived limitations related to aging, it was noteworthy to experience the greatness of poet Amanda Gorman and President Joseph Biden. Two individuals on the opposite ends of the age spectrum. She, the youngest inaugural poet at age 22, and he, the oldest president to be sworn in. Two clear examples where quality overshadowed quantity, where (as I like to put it) "age was just not a thing".
The Youngest Inaugural Poet
Amanda Gorman, at 22 years old, is the first National Youth Poet Laureate, and the youngest performer at this year's inauguration. She published her first book at only 17, and much of her work focuses on issues related to oppression, feminism, and racism. Her inaugural poem "The Hill We Climb" was a beautiful, soulful piece. Despite her age, her performance was mature, poised and graceful.
"Age is Not a Thing"
What Amanda Taught Us About Age
Amanda showed that, regardless of age, it is possible to inspire others through self-expression.
President Joseph Biden:
The Oldest American President
President Biden is our oldest American President. He, too, showed us that age is not a factor in one's ability to lead. Though many people have expressed concern about his age, he continued to pursue the position for which he felt uniquely qualified. He believed in himself.
"Age Is Not A Thing"
What President Biden Taught Us About Age
I truly believe that "age is not a thing", and last week's inaugural ceremony strongly supported that belief. Two inspiring leaders, at very different stages of life, proved that age is not a barrier to being the best version of yourself. By letting go of the mindset that age is an obstacle to pursuing things that are truly your passion, you can reach for your dreams and create the life you desire at any age.
Let's stay connected...even more often!
To all my social media lovers, in addition to my presence on Facebook, I've finally joined the world of Instagram! Communicating on social media has been a great way to talk directly to the women I love, women like you. I enjoy hearing what you have to say, and seeing what resonates most with you as you navigate life during these 'tricky' times. My Instagram content is a bit more 'bite-sized' than these newsletters, but don't worry, they are still full of all the relevant intel! I am still discussing issues related to feeling better as you age, and will cover everything from food, movement, and lifestyle issues, to self-expression, slowing down and embracing joy.
I'd love for you to follow me on Instagram @wellnesscoachlori for discussions about things that can help you feel like you are aging better, and more importantly, like you are continuing to grow. And staying connected right now is a truly important way to learn, to thrive and to feel supported during these very challenging times.
Please come join me in this new way!
And as always, if there is any way I can help you get through a personally challenging time, or to meet your goals (big or small), while we are living life a little differently, click here and schedule a free discovery call. Then we can discuss how I can provide the system, stretch and accountability you need to get over some of the hurdles you are experiencing with respect to your health and life goals.
Together, we can take one step at a time so you experience life in a way that truly reflects the person you want to be as you age.
Please take care of yourself, and know that I am here to help you during this time. I am offering free discovery phone calls to discuss helpful coping alternatives as they relate to your specific situation.
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Please take care and be safe!
In Good Health,