By Martha Stewart
When we take care of ourselves, there’s no limit to what we can accomplish at a time of life when much of society is telling us we should be slowing down or retiring. Admittedly, it can be hard to fight the tide. Our culture is obsessed with youth, and we are bombarded by anti aging messages everywhere. The ubiquitous emphasis on youth and beauty and fitness seems to leave no room for growing old gracefully. And yet some people are finding the room.
Take my friend David Rockefeller. He’s 97, but you would never know it because he’s so full of ideas. His closest associates are fifty years his junior and, as a result, his conversation and interest have stayed totally relevant and modern. Clive Davis, the record producer, also bucks the limitations of age – he hangs out with rap stars, which is admittedly unusual for someone of his generation. I think that by understanding their language and their poetry, he is totally in tune with those who are probably two generations younger. In his new book, The Soundtrack of My Life, he talks candidly about remaining open to change and reinvention…….