I’ve had the pleasure to meet and work with a dynamic lady selling her home and finding another that fitted her new lifestyle. Ramona Oliver is an Austin retiree who lets no grass grow under her feet. She pursues a passionate interest in positive aging in all areas of her life.
Ramona asserts that for the first time in history we are not only living longer, everyone has an important choice to make: Commit to a meaningful, purposeful life of “incline” as we get older or believe that a new stage – one of steady “decline”- is inevitable.
I don’t know about you, but I know many retirees who are accepting the mindset of “declining, senility, and being over-the-hill!” As Ramona contends, what is not helping is that in the media and society in general there continues the somewhat negative connotation surrounding the concept of aging. And while, at least not now, we cannot do anything about the chronological process of becoming 60, 70, 80 years and beyond, we can perhaps change the mindset for it. Embracing change and looking at life with a keener sense of curiosity will lead to living with increased courage to live life to its fullest.
Ramona has long been passionate about supporting individuals with their personal and professional development. Both as a Human Resources Director for many years and as a Director of Outreach for St. Edward’s University where she promoted their adult programs and lifelong learning. She earned her MBA from Saint Edwards University. As a soon to be septuagenarian, her passion is now directed towards positive aging. She promotes living with an attitude of “incline” rather than “decline.” You’ll always find her embracing each day with a zest for life and she hopes to inspire her readers to do the same.
Recent articles written by Ramona caught my eye and she had me at “Can we please stop calling it aging!” Living a life with the attitude of living on the “incline” is a conscious decision to embrace an attitude of continuing to climb metaphorical hills and not succumbing to the prevailing mindset of “decline.”
Another article she wrote “What are we missing when we settle for life stages?” is an eye opener for us to ponder options for living a more meaningful life.
A third article penned by Ramona “Leave a Legacy and Live it Now!” is one that is a must read. There is more to life than the pursuit of wealth or success. Leaving a true legacy can mean a much deeper significance to one’s life. A legacy is a gift or bequest handed down from one person to another and a true legacy can also be the quality of your life overall. Just think of the choices you can make and actions you can take that will cause a trickledown effect that can have a “positive” rather than “negative” impact on your family, friends, your communities, and society.
Stand by because now this remarkable lady is currently working on a non-fiction book entitled Inclined Elder: How to Rebrand Aging for Self and Society.
Ramona’s book is a call to action for those who opt for living a life of “incline.” Not only for their personal fulfillment, but to help fuel a social “legacy” that increases the number of positive older role models in everyday life. You will want to read how she discusses how a life of “incline” looks and feels and how you can best achieve it.
I, for one, will be looking for this book to be out later this year and will be grabbing a copy as soon as it hits the market. I love what I do because I have the opportunity to meet such interesting and creative people like Ramona Oliver and guide them through the process of what I do best…listing and selling homes!