The Urge to Create (via An Unexplored Wilderness)

A post I read this morning over at “An Unexplored Widerness.” I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. Let me know what you think.

The Urge to Create Several months ago, my 95-year-old grandmother's older sister passed away. She was 97. My great-grandmother was also 97 when she passed. I told an acquaintance about these remarkable women and their advanced ages and he said he would be very sorry to live that long. The man, in his 60s, said he's lived long enough as it is, the he doesn't enjoy life and will be happy to be finished with it. It's been about six months since that conversation and I … Read More

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14 thoughts on “The Urge to Create (via An Unexplored Wilderness)

  1. A very interesting post. This is the reply I left over there.

    What a very sad story, Unfortunately I know someone who is about the same age and feels the same. It’s really hard to get behind the facade and find out the truth of the situation. As for me, I’m here for as long as I’m here. Yesterday my little grandson asked if I was 175 yet! I’ll still be here even if I am, LOL

    I’ve a few years to go until I reach 95, let alone 175. How we live out those last years we have yet to discover.

  2. I can certainly relate! If I were to win the lottery I’d fill a studio with all the equipment/supplies I could ever want and I would spend nearly every day in there ‘working’… ahhh… sounds blissful!
    🙂

    1. Yep! It does sound blissful. And that is what I wish I could give to everyone. . .the work or avocation or whatever that to each person brings sustenance, peace, happiness, joy. . . bliss. 🙂

  3. So sad. But, I know a lot of people like the man, in his 60s, who doesn’t enjoy life anymore. I imagine there are many reasons for this – maybe he doesn’t have anything to live for, maybe he’s tired of the struggle. Since you’re working toward a masters degree in mental health counseling, you’ve probably heard of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. I think there’s something to it. However, everyone is different so I don’t think it can be applied to every human being on the planet. What do you think?
    I, myself, want to live past 100 as there’s always hope that things will get better!

    1. It is sad that there are people so wounded by life that they don’t want to go on. I have been there and thankfully I survived that time. Life is full and exciting and wonderful for me . . . now. It wasn’t always like that, though. So, I feel for the man who feels he’s lived to long. My prayer for him is that he lives long enough to once again find happiness and wonder in living. Yes, I am familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy. Basically we all have needs, the most base ones being the physical needs for food and shelter. I question whether or not we have to go through each stage of the pyramid, but he does address the kinds of needs that humans have, physical, intellectual, spiritual, etc. And while I can agree that all humans have needs, they don’t all look like Maslow’s pyramid. For some people, even though they live in poverty, spiritual needs are more important than are shelter, or intellectual pursuits. I hope I’m making sense. Anyway, the man who thinks he’s lived too long certainly has unmet needs and wants in his life. And I’m also with you and that I want to live for a very very long time. . .at least till I’m 100, preferably till I’m 120!

      Thans for stopping by Theresa. It is always nice to see you.

    1. I’m glad you like it. It really spoke to me. And I think that as long as we are creative we maintain wonder and interest in our environment, live continues to be meaningful, filled with purpose. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. I think that oneof the problems is that with all of the science and knowledge that there is today , that they have been able to increase our life span but not the quality of life. One of the smartest business men I know and one of the richest has AMD and is in his late 80’s. Every time I talk to him he goes on and on about how worthless he feels and that he just wants to die. I keep telling him that if God has brought him this far the I would think that he still has something in mind for him. Besides that there are people that love him and apprerciate him that would be saddened if he were to die. Ive never uinderstood what would put a person in so much dispair that they would want to end their life. I still maintain that if I ever do decide to end it all I’ll do it by putting my head in a bucket of water so that I’ll have lots of time to change my mind.

    1. Unfortunately there are those who struggle with depression, or who have been so abused they see no other way out of their pain. Others overcome amazing odd to lead productive lives. Who knows why some people are resilient and others are not. But each person is different. My hope is to be able to offer hope to those who have little or none. I smile as I picture you with that bucket of water pondering life’s value and meaning. Knowing you, it will take all of two seconds for you to change your mind! 😀 Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Having a creative outlet and the love of others seems like the key to enjoying life, however long that ends up being. I’ve seen many people who have had one of these two suddenly taken from them and they plunge into a spiral of depression and a state of losing the desire to continue living.

    1. I wholeheartedly agree with you. It’s as if our purpose in life is to create and to give. When that is snatched away, or one suffers so much pain that they lose sight of their purpose in life, they lose the will to live. I am a firm believer that one purpose for my being in this world is to help hurting people find or recreate their meaning and purpose for living ~ creating, giving and also receiving. I could go on forever about this but I’ll spare you. LOL. Thanks for your insightful comment.

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