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The idea that art is essential for a meaningful life is not fully appreciated apart from artists such as painters, singers, actors, and creators. Many also believe it is not a proper job and shouldn’t be given importance, but creators like Michelangelo, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, Mozart, Vincent van Gogh and actors Tom Hanks, Marlon Brando, Lucille Ball have given us enlightenment, a new perspective to life, and helped narrate social issues that happen across our societies.

As an actor, I have always been an avid admirer of art, and how it helps us lead a creative life. Since my childhood days, the use of colors, writing essays, stories, and taking part in dramatic societies has given me immense joy and happiness. When this lockdown is over, I will continue to attend theaters, visit art galleries, museums, musical events. …


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Let me ask you, do you ever wonder why in some situations you have an uncomfortable feeling of being “out of place” and why in other situations you have no tension?

Well, that’s because we each have what is called a “Comfort Zone” which corresponds with our current self-image.

The higher and more positive our self-image is, the BROADER and DEEPER a comfort zone we will possess.

When we have a fear of being “out of place” physically or psychologically, it often causes us to get back into the range we feel more comfortable in.

For each current self-image picture we have, there is a corresponding “comfort zone.” …


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The baby boomers have been one of the most prosperous and wealthy of all Americans.

The current generation of baby boomers has seen drastic changes in the technological sphere. Many seniors are still unaware of the benefits of social media, and how technology can be used as a source of communication and welfare. I have witnessed how seniors are largely still not well versed in the use of social media, and it’s ways to engage in communication with friends and family.

My son’s taught me how to use social media. In the past few years, I have made many new friends online, have attended marathon for seniors, various community events, have helped many seniors regain confidence and self-esteem, and have found the best Japanese sponge cakes in my neighborhood. And they have learned from me how to be responsible, respect opinion of others, and effectively communicate with seniors. Effective communication and lasting relationships with family members is one area that millennials can learn from baby boomers. I recently read the research from Business Insider that highlighted how 17 percent of all millennials suffer from chronic depression due to either inferiority complex, burnout from jobs, and struggles in life. …


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The older generation is often the butt of many jokes on television, movies, and social media. We envision an old man with pants up to his armpits screaming “Get off my lawn!” we’re viewed as feeble, weak and stubbornly set in our ways.

We need to realize that we are a treasure trove of wisdom and experience. Here are a few explanations of why the older generation — those in their late 50s and 70s plus — should be treated like gold.

Why? Work Ethics

Boomers believe in hard work — We worked hard, and paid for things we wanted in cash. We also opened the way for more women working outside the home. The two combined incomes meant more boom in purchasing power, investing and economic growth. Many are opting to delay retirement well past the standard 65 retirement age. …


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“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.”
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Unknown

Michelangelo, when asked how he sculpted “David,” answered, “I just chipped away all the marble that did not look like a man.”

Similarly, we can, perhaps, find our real selves by chipping away what is not truly us. Let us explore the possibilities so that we may understand the fundamental principles of who we are, using this process of self-discovery.

Am I my actions?

No, I am not my actions. I am that which acts. …


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To describe an inactive lifestyle can be as simple as being a couch potato. When you lead a sedentary lifestyle there are numerous diseases, which you might contract. When we grow old, it understandably becomes very difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise daily. During old age, most of our time is spent either watching television, lying down or sitting in our rocking chair. This is one of the most common reasons as to why we get attacked by numerous illnesses.

Here is how an inactive lifestyle will affect your body:

  1. You burn fewer calories. This means that you are likely to gain weight a lot faster.
  2. You might lose your muscle strength along with muscle endurance, as you are not used to using your muscles…

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Do you ever run into a rut where you just can’t get inspired by anything? Now and then I find myself stuck. It’s not that I don’t want to work or create (though we all have those days too). It’s that I can’t find the inspiration that’ll help me stay motivated.

It was the great Jack London (author of “The Call of the Wild”, “White Fang”, and “The Sea-Wolf” who said,

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club!”

That’s exactly what I want to teach you today. I want to teach you how to run after inspiration and hogtie it down. Be proactive in your creativity by creating your inspiration out of everyday things. …


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“Why do you let your son push you around like that?”

I overheard one elderly woman ask the other on the metro. From their conversation, I sensed the woman was being pushed around by her son, and she could not help it because of her old age. I could also hear the sheer frustration and bewilderment in her friend’s voice at how passive the woman has been in the face of the poor treatment by her son. Perhaps, every elderly out there have felt it that way once in his or her lifetime.

The reason so many old people allow other people to step on their dignity and also treat them with little to no respect is as complex as human nature itself. However, at the very core of it lies the fear of what may happen if they do stand up for themselves. They fear that they might be humiliated. They fear that they will be ostracized by family, friends, and co-workers. That they will have to deal with ugly fallouts. They fear to create a scene. But most of all they fear ending up feeling worse about themselves than before. …


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As an actor, I know how imagination can play an important role in making us feel younger and more energetic. It became even clearer when I met one of my long term colleagues. She was a habitual smoker and had alcohol regularly and loved to party. Sadly, she was diagnosed with dementia but applied cognitive mental health exercises that have made her sharper than ever.

She is a champ in Cryptogram puzzles, she learned Spanish and regularly goes on walks. To increase her memory, she keeps a journal with her that has color-coded important things she keeps recalling. It was entertaining to see that she has her home address written in the diary, color-coded blue. …


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When I lived in Malibu many years back I met a lovely couple. The husband Bob and his wife Lea had recently separated from their children to live independently. Bob once shared that his wife was a victim of ageism. She was fired from a retail job, adults at her job made fun of her weak health. I was astonished as I had never seen Lea depressed once, nor she looked weak. I was then told by Bob that she loved to bake Japanese sponge cakes, and whenever someone made fun of her, she made a cake extra. And then I understood how her bakery was born and she became the Queen of Japanese Sponge cakes in our neighborhood. …

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Stop Acting Your Age

A door of opportunity for those who are in their 2nd and 3rd acts of life. Don’t be afraid to drink from the fountain of youth, YOUR MIND. B Bop!

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