Are You an Outlier?

Do you live in the fringe of your life? Do you feel you’re aging differently from those in your circle or tribe? Then, you may be an Outlier when it comes to aging!

Now, I hear you saying: What the heck is an Outlier? How would I know if I am one? What does it look like? There are many Outlier identifiers—and being one can result from any of them. Here’s a few:

· You have unusual, isolated, or unpopular views on life

· You have non-mainstream opinions on the general state of society

· You have inflexible, positive or negative, takes on your generation/others

· You choose to live and age in your own nonconventional way

· You have unique traits and behaviors that seem strange to others

· You view yourself as an orange sitting in a bunch of apples

As an Outlier, you may be misunderstood, ridiculed, alone, and avoided. You may feel like you don’t fit in. You may even be viewed as an impostor. But none of these identifiers make you an impostor because that would mean you’re not being you. However, they may make you an Outlier.

It should be no surprise that Seniors can be seen as Outliers. As we age, we see things differently. We rethink and reshape our approach to life. Our views and opinions shift to fit our adapting mindset. And we’re firm in our beliefs and our styles of engagements, as well as who we and what we engage.

Do you spend time seeking your category or your tribe? Are you unable to find a place where you really fit in? Have you begun to doubt your ability to live inside the circle because it’s become obvious that you are more comfortable in the fringe? Don’t worry. Living in the fringe, makes you special and an independent thinker!

Don’t doubt who you are and your new take on life…you’re an Outlier! You’re aging your way—and that’s positive aging!

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Pat Landaker is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and owner of Living La Vida Senior, Ageless Aging, and Senior Solutions. She serves on the American Society on Aging’s Social Impact and Innovation Council and the CSA’s Certification Council. She also teaches Positive Aging at UNLV/OLLI. Visit or email her at: [email protected].

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