You are attracted to stories, news events, and interactions that portray becoming older as a wonderful thing. Your eyes travel to the pictures of the 80-year-old man who runs marathons, the 77-year-old woman who drives a motorcycle, the 84-year-old who still works. You feel the corners of your mouth upturn in an appreciative smile. You let your mind wander to visions of yourself as an older person and hear the promises you make to be active, demanding, and downright cantankerous. You revel in the thoughts of what you will be like someday.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ms. Campbell is Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Illinois State University, Mennonite College of Nursing, Normal, Illinois.
Address correspondence to Sara L. Campbell, DNS, RN, CNAA, BC, Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Illinois State University, Mennonite College of Nursing, Campus Box 5810, Normal, IL 61790-5810; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.