The more we participate in writing the ending of our own story,
the more satisfied we are with the arc of our life.
~ Carolyn Conger
Instead of solely focusing on restoring our youth or other aspects of our past, we can transcend age and time by re-storying instead—ourselves, our present, our future, our assumptions about aging, about gender, and about time itself. In some sense, this re-storying does lead to restoration—of parts of ourselves that are Ageless, that are visionary, that have held the potential for greatness since before we were born.
In parallel, re-storying humanity and the Earth also leads to restoration—of the continuity between past, present, and future. This demands a reconnection to and reimagining of the stories that have been broken by millennia of war, patriarchy, and oppression. Similarly, the sustainability of our Earth can be restored if we act now to heal the discontinuity, to connect once again with the Earth and understand that our stories are intertwined and that we have the power to create new stories, aspirational Ageless stories for our planet’s future.
We all have stories—individual stories, family stories (immediate and ancestral), community stories, and the stories of humanity through the ages, from before antiquity to beyond the distant future. All these threads weave together into a cloth, much like that woven by the Three Fates of ancient myth, the women who spun and cut the thread of birth, life, and death.
But the term “fate” is deceptive. We are not destined to be stuck in the same old, same old. We are not without power to shape our lives. In fact –
We can live and lead beyond time, beyond age. We can be Ageless.