Bridget Brewster Discovers Village BenefitsBy Bridget Brewster
Village Life: A New Villager’s Perspective
I was invited several times to become a part of Pasadena Village . . . I politely declined. Why? Well, my thinking was this: I don’t think I want to be with a bunch of ‘old people’ who probably talk about the ‘good old days’ or the various aches and pains of aging. I want energetic conversations, not nostalgia.
Well, let me tell you, the day I finally attended a Meet Me at the Village session to learn a bit more, my erroneous assumptions flew out the window. I couldn’t have been more wrong in my unfounded judgement (my mama always told me to explore before judging). The people around the table were energetic, enthusiastic and forward-thinking individuals who are living life, not just getting through it.
The mission of the Pasadena Village (which, by the way, is a national movement) is to foster vital independent living in a spirit of mutual support, enrichment and inclusiveness. Well, friend, it’s not possible to do this alone or without commitment to create community.
I became a Villager in spite of the fact that I’m not a ‘joiner’. What I’ve discovered is that becoming a Villager, although there is an annual fee in order to support the important and necessary work, it is not a transactional commitment. Becoming a Villager is, at its core, becoming a part of a vital community of individuals who want to be part of my life and growth and be with me on this journey of aging.
As independent as I am at the age of 73, I’m smart enough to know that I may not always be so independent, but I won’t be alone for any part of this aging process. I will be supported and encouraged by Villagers with whom I participate in an astonishing number of activities. Oh, yes, I have family close by, but they’re my kids, not my peers. In every village, family has a role and the rest of the villagers have a role . . . they complement each other, but both are vital for a joyful, fulfilling journey.
I’m so grateful I overcame my reluctance to learn about Pasadena Village. My life is already richer, happier and busier than I could imagine. I hope you will take time to explore who we are and how you will be part of our ever growing and always exciting community.