Marijuana can do it – Why can’t AGING get a MAJORITY Vote?

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As someone who lives in Washington State, in the last few years I’ve seen so much time, media, and grass roots effort (pun not necessarily intended…) go into making something come to fruition by a group that has been bonded together with a common cause for decades, and made a final push to get it through and passed as a law here in the last two years.

I’m not a user recreationally, and I don’t have a medical need for it.  But it’s clearly “out there” in force, and has plenty of the population that must believe sincerely in it’s need to be a MAINSTREAM product and part of society.  By itself, I find the social accomplishment (the passing of the law in two states, ours being one of them) pretty impressive on their part. It’s a testament to their persistence and passion for the topic.

Secondarily, I have to admit that I find it sad that this level of alignment and coordinated effort can be accomplished in the pursuit of legalization of harmful drug (aside from any opinion about its medical value if valid), but we can’t get that type of coordinated force and hand-holding alliance to amplify our professional advocacy voice to make PLANNING for AGING “THE NORM”!  Why can’t we make AGING an acceptable, open, available for discussion type of topic in our amazingly developed and advanced society?  It’s painfully frustrating!!

Do you know what THEY have, that WE don’t?  They have an HONEST ACCEPTANCE about who they are and what they participate in.  Most marijuana users that are regular participants in the activity as a part of their daily (or whatever increment of us) activities of life and recreation will OPENLY ADMIT that they use the drug.  They have a culture, a community, and they all tend to be open and accepting people (from those that I’ve met and known throughout my years).  WE DON’T HAVE THAT in regards to AGING.

We, as a nation, are NOT ACCEPTING of something that is completely normal.  It’s called GETTING OLDER.  We are all participating in that activity – every day, week, month, year, decade… You know it.  I know it.  And yet, somehow, we are NOT HONEST with ourselves (just look at the media & advertising you see) about the fact that WE ALL AGE.  We are not realistic about what that looks like, feels like, sounds, smells, and tastes like.  We need to GET REAL, get a grip, wrap our heads around THE TRUTH.

We are TOTALLY and COMPLETELY IN DENIAL about AGING.

I never thought I’d find myself saying this at the end of this post when I started writing it, but here (instead of rambling on) I think I have to say… Maybe we could learn something from the POT HEADS of our nation?  Sounds odd, right?  And yet as you know by now, what I’m really suggesting is that we learn about HONEST ACCEPTANCE of who we are, where we are going, and what our future looks like… so we can PLAN FOR IT!!!

Until we do THAT, we will continue to fail as a society to prepare for our last 1/3 of life (and a new 30 years of longevity we’ve created).  We will continue to act as professionals, in our own blind silos, fighting this uphill battle to educate a nation on our topic of expertise – be it health, nutrition, aging-in-place, technology, or whatever – related to aging.  Denial has never accomplished anything before, so I don’t know why we as a nation and society seem to think it would this time… It won’t.

It’s time for the PUBLIC to ACCEPT Aging.  We AGE.  Deal with it!

It’s time for the PROFESSIONALS to UNITE (across industries) behind

teaching PLANNING for Aging, vs. allowing the denial to continue.  

As a side note, I don’t have an opinion one way or another on the topic of marijuana use, as alcohol is a legal drug also, and it is very mainstream and very harmful to many many people and their lives as well – we probably know many of those people more publicly, as it’s a “mainstream” drug in our society.
 


 
Image Credits – 
Marijuana Leaf: http://science.howstuffworks.com/marijuana1.htm
Uphill Battle: http://www.tylerstrading.com/about-that-uphill-battle/

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