The Pleasure of Aging: my gift to you

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The Pleasure of Aging: my gift to you

You may have read about my recent travels to Mexico. It elicited some conversation, with women reaching out to tell me about their desire to travel, and their fears about doing so. Most of the women who reach out to me have some fear about their life: getting older, worrying about their looks. Many seem to express dissatisfaction about aging and maybe even stuck in the way they view day-to-day life. They know they want something different but aren’t quite sure how to go about creating that change.

I get it. I spent far too long feeling miserable—prolonging the agony because I didn’t think I had the right to choose a better, happier, alternative. Worried that folks would think poorly of me or that I didn’t really deserve to consider my own needs and well-being.  It’s easy to get stuck in our fear and to stay stuck, mired in old thoughts and patterns.

Toni Morrison once said, “You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”

 

Maybe you don’t know what sh*t is weighing you down. Or maybe you aren’t ready to believe you have a right to embrace pleasure. So I want to offer you something—a week of writing prompts about the Pleasure of Aging. My life right now is focused on exploring what Aging Unapologetically looks like for us as women–in my personal life and as part of my work with women.

I firmly believe to be alive at this age, whatever that is for you, is a privilege and in many ways pleasurable. For starters, I’m grateful to be alive. And I intend to make the most of what I’ve learned and what I feel is going to make me happier, lighter, more joyful and full of pleasure.

The thing is we don’t always remember to be grateful for being alive. And we live in a time when aging women are not valued. Making it all too easy to focus on all the negatives and the losses we feel about our lives as we get older. I can’t fix that but I can offer you a way to examine what you believe and what you’d like to change. By signing up for the Pleasure of Aging, you’ll receive an email each morning for 6 days with an introduction to the day’s topic and a writing prompt. The goal is not to enhance your writing skills, but to use that method, of pen to paper, as a way of creating change.

We’ll start Monday, August 19 and end on Saturday, August 24. On Saturday you will be invited to join me for a live session, on Zoom, where I’ll talk about the prompts and invite you to discuss what came up for you. I’m not charging for this because I want, in all honesty, to encourage you to participate—the reward for me is helping you feel better about who you are right now. And the feedback I get gives me insight into women and aging.

I’d love to have you join me.  As I said, it’s free. Consider it my 65th birthday gift. The prompts will show up in your email early each morning and the amount of time you invest is up to you. It’s not about the quality of writing, it’s not about how well you think you express yourself in words. Writing is the tool I find useful in examining our  beliefs, fears, goals, desires–all the things in our heads that need to see the light of day.

I want to help you explore your aging process, to maybe come to find the pleasure in aging as it applies to your life. This is your chance to look at some of the issues we face around aging and how to create something that feels better for you. You can participate by simply reading and thinking about the questions, by writing and going deep, and by deciding to join me in a video conference to process what you’ve learning at the end of the week. All, up to you.

I’d love to have you join me. Leave a comment here or send me an email at walker@walkerthornton.com to get on the list!

 

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55 Comments
  • Janet Mar
    Posted at 14:51h, 05 August Reply

    Sign me up for the writing prompts.

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 15:03h, 06 August Reply

      Will do. Thank you.

      • Anjum Qureshi
        Posted at 22:56h, 06 August Reply

        Looking forward to 19 August!

        • Walker Thornton
          Posted at 08:43h, 12 August Reply

          I’ve added you to the list.

  • Maxine Watkins
    Posted at 09:22h, 06 August Reply

    I would love to participate – generous offer.

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 15:04h, 06 August Reply

      Maxine I look forward to it, thank you.

      • Mahmuda khalid
        Posted at 13:19h, 08 August Reply

        I find it interesting so would like to be a part of it.

        • Walker Thornton
          Posted at 08:44h, 12 August Reply

          I’ve added you to the list.

  • Seneuefa Ianuari
    Posted at 06:01h, 07 August Reply

    I would love to join in thank you

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 08:43h, 12 August Reply

      I’ve added you to the list.

  • Janet Givens
    Posted at 09:19h, 07 August Reply

    This writing week begins on my mother’s 90th birthday and ends the day before my 71st. Perfect timing. Sign me in.

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 08:43h, 12 August Reply

      Looking forward to it.

  • Mirtha Madline Noralez
    Posted at 10:22h, 07 August Reply

    Interested to learn and explore.

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 08:44h, 12 August Reply

      I’ve added you to the list.

  • Almora jacobsz
    Posted at 00:26h, 08 August Reply

    Please add me to the list to receive your daily posts

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 08:44h, 12 August Reply

      I’ve added you to the list.

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 11:06h, 14 August Reply

      Almora, can you confirm your email address please.

  • Elizabeth Harms
    Posted at 17:31h, 08 August Reply

    Please add me the your email list for Pleasures of Aging. I would love to participate. Thank you!

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 08:44h, 12 August Reply

      I’ve added you to the list.

  • Donna Jessup
    Posted at 18:44h, 09 August Reply

    Sign me up please. Sounds like a great adventure.

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 08:39h, 12 August Reply

      Thanks. I’ve added you to the list.

  • Sue Norton
    Posted at 09:39h, 10 August Reply

    I would like to explore

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 08:38h, 12 August Reply

      I’ve added you to the list.

  • Gayle Nagelkop
    Posted at 09:59h, 10 August Reply

    Would love your insights

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 08:38h, 12 August Reply

      I’ve added you to the list.

  • Lauren
    Posted at 09:54h, 12 August Reply

    I love this idea. I agree we should be thankful to be alive!

  • Rena
    Posted at 11:25h, 12 August Reply

    Sign me up! Sounds terrific and I know I’ll learn a lot from you!

  • Joan Stommen
    Posted at 11:54h, 12 August Reply

    Thank you for this gift, my friend. Absolutely I’ll join you! The 19th marks six years since my husband’s death and I’m still searching for someone to share this fourth quarter with me. I’m also exploring another change…to move again to be near my daughter. I believe in active aging and am pretty positive, but your prompts will surely help nudge me to more peace, pleasure and acceptance! Hugs! ?

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 12:19h, 12 August Reply

      Thanks. I hope you’ll come to some of those in the prompts.

  • Jennifer Mowrer
    Posted at 12:18h, 12 August Reply

    This is a great idea. As I age, I never thought about writing in my journal about what’s good about it. I will do my best to join you later in the month. Thanks for the inspiration and I love the T.M quote! This also gives me an idea for my blog. Thank you!

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 12:21h, 12 August Reply

      Look forward to it. Isn’t the Morrison quote fabulous–it was floating around FB a few weeks ago and it really spoke to me.

  • elizabeth cassidy
    Posted at 11:20h, 14 August Reply

    I would like to receive the prompts. Thanks. Happy Birthday! elizabeth

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 11:30h, 14 August Reply

      Got it. Thank you.

  • Patricia Boudjellal
    Posted at 11:35h, 14 August Reply

    I would love to join you, sign me up! Looking forward to this.

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 11:40h, 14 August Reply

      Great, thank you.

  • Kathleen
    Posted at 11:53h, 14 August Reply

    Hope to be able to do this .sign me up please. And Thankyou.

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 12:14h, 14 August Reply

      Got it. Thanks.

  • Larissa Magee
    Posted at 12:36h, 14 August Reply

    Fabulous way to celebrate my 63rd! Count me in please.

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 12:44h, 14 August Reply

      Absolutely!

  • RJ
    Posted at 12:46h, 14 August Reply

    I would love to join you and receive the prompts.
    It is a bit of a mystery this grand age of 65 🙂

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 12:56h, 14 August Reply

      We’ll take a look at that! Thanks for signing up.

  • Christine Field
    Posted at 13:33h, 14 August Reply

    YES!

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 13:43h, 14 August Reply

      Awesome!

  • Sally Todd Edgar
    Posted at 16:30h, 14 August Reply

    Happy Birthday Walker! Could I still be part of this if I’m not available on Saturday? I’ll send my email just in case. Thank you!

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 16:55h, 14 August Reply

      Absolutely. I can’t record the Saturday session so you’ll miss it but if you have a question or comment at end of week you can email me.

  • Christine Bailey
    Posted at 04:37h, 15 August Reply

    Yes please Walker, I enjoy your posts on FaceBook and love the way you celebrate your age ♥️

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 09:20h, 15 August Reply

      Thank you. I have you signed up.

  • Aimeslee Winans
    Posted at 19:17h, 15 August Reply

    Thanks, Walker, please add me to this list! xox

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 07:51h, 16 August Reply

      Gladly, thanks.

  • Jean
    Posted at 19:34h, 16 August Reply

    Please add me. Thank you

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 12:06h, 17 August Reply

      you’re welcome.

  • Yvonne
    Posted at 11:28h, 17 August Reply

    Happy Birthday Walker…..best wishes for a great year and many more to come. ??
    Please sign me up for the emails starting Aug 19. Looking forward to it.

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 12:06h, 17 August Reply

      Thanks. And I look forward to having you join me this coming week!

  • Sarah Flick
    Posted at 15:50h, 17 August Reply

    Please add me to the list if it’s not too late!!

    • Walker Thornton
      Posted at 12:38h, 18 August Reply

      nope, not too late! Thanks.

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