As the years pass, our perception of life evolves. The mundane routines of youth give way to deeper contemplation. We find ourselves pondering what truly ignites our spirit, what keeps our hearts beating with purpose. Let’s dive into the essence of feeling alive as we age, celebrating the moments that defy time and enrich our souls. 

1. Rediscovering Passion


Remember the hobbies, dreams, and interests that once set your heart ablaze? As we age, we have the chance to revisit them. Whether it’s painting, playing an instrument, or gardening, these passions rekindle our inner fire. Embrace them—they are the colors that paint the canvas of our lives. 

2. Cherishing Connections


Life’s richness lies in relationships. As we grow older, we appreciate the depth of connections—the laughter shared with old friends, the wisdom exchanged with family members, and the warmth of new companionship. Nurture these bonds; they are the threads weaving our life tapestry. 

3. Seeking Adventure


Age need not dampen our sense of adventure. Travel to new places, taste exotic cuisines, or take up a thrilling hobby. Adventure isn’t limited by years; it’s fueled by curiosity. Each experience adds a chapter to our life story. 

4. Finding Purpose


Purpose transcends age. Reflect on what gives your life meaning. Perhaps it’s volunteering, mentoring, or creating art. Purpose fuels our existence, reminding us that we’re part of something greater. 

5. Embracing Imperfections


Wrinkles, gray hair, and laugh lines—they tell stories. Instead of lamenting them, celebrate them. They’re the roadmap of a life well-lived. As Victor Hugo said, “Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.” 

6. Cultivating Gratitude


Gratitude keeps us alive. Each day, find something to be thankful for—the sunrise, a warm cup of tea, or a shared smile. Gratitude transforms ordinary moments into extraordinary memories. 

7. Letting Go


Release regrets, grudges, and expectations. Let go of what no longer serves you. Lighten your emotional load, allowing space for joy and serenity. 


Growing older isn’t about counting years; it’s about savoring moments. As we reflect on what makes us feel alive, let’s embrace the wrinkles, dance with memories, and cherish the simple joys. Life’s vibrancy awaits us at every turn—ready to be discovered anew. 


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April Ibarra Chief Aging Officer

I am a Gerontologist and fierce advocate for aging well. With over 25 years’ experience in health care my passion is partnering with organizations to collaborate on ways to enhance the lives of older adults and those who care for them. I am a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Dementia Support Group Facilitator. I partner with organizations to develop programs, education, and resources to support their mission and enhance their brand with aging consumers.