As an old geezer respected elder who now is on the Social Security gravy train, I'm always on the lookout for reasons to look upon age 60+ as the "golden years."
Yes, right now I'm enjoying life.
But at the beginning of the video below, Jane Fonda correctly says that our culture has tended to look upon aging as the downward cycle of a human lifespan. From middle-aged vigor, it's a steady slump into decrepitude.
Fortunately, her central eleven minute message is a heck of a lot more positive. Bodies may decline in various ways, but the "spirit" (which I don't view as metaphysical or supernatural, and Fonda doesn't speak of it in this way either) is on a rising staircase.
Not to heaven, most likely. Toward increasing wisdom, happiness, satisfaction, contentment, creativity. Heaven on earth.
Have a look. My wife emailed me a link to the video this afternoon. I watched it when I got home and then wanted to share its uplifting theme -- for young and old alike.