The purpose of this post is inspirational, with an encouraging nod to senior creatives, although younger creatives may find these tips useful too.
There are many myths accompanying the aging progress and one of the most pernicious is that seniors lack the energy and will to do creative work. A corollary to that myth is the one that says if you are fifty plus and have never taken up pen or brush, then it's just too late to start.
Nonsense. Short of being subject to totally debilitating health issues, seniors can bring very special gifts to the creative table, not the least of which is having survived and thrived for five or more decades, with all the rich experience, the lessons learned, the losses endured, and the achievements made during the life's challenging sojourn.
This leads me to my first tip for keeping creative and active. Please allow for the fact that, for the sake of the brevity the web demands, these points are made with broad strokes:
This is a vital connection. Creative work is active work, labor that yields rich benefits, not the least in terms of overall health: mental, spiritual, physical.
I read a fascinating book recently, a large-print edition from the local library, by Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli, The Order of Time. One point Rovelli makes about our relation to time struck me as particularly relevant to senior creatives. This may astonish you, as it did me, but, within the theoretical realm of quantum gravity, activity actually slows down time. Conversely, being sedentary, merely sitting still, makes us age more quickly.
At the very fundamental physical level then, there's a wonderful impetus to tending your creative garden-- staying young.
TIP NO. 1
CREATIVITY PUTS THE LIE TO TIME
TO TIP NO. 2
Recent discoveries in quantum physics point to activity as a "fountain of youth."