They were a varied bunch: a real estate exec; busy corporate lawyer with four rambunctious boys; producer of children’s TV shorts; women’s health and wellness practitioner; documentary maker and local politician; business owner; an Italian lawyer and brave mother of a soldier, firefighter, and promising med student; and other characters too varied to list. (And one supportive and fascinating guy among them.) Shy and smart, outgoing and funny, this eclectic bunch shared a common passion: the desire to age fearlessly and well. It was a celebration for the launch of Konenkii, but the evening also underscored the vision and joy that puts the wind under the wings of this special venture: Aging brings its share of challenges, but we can face them together, with grace and fun. What was confirmed that night, and drives both the selection of our products and the larger mission of a Konenkii community, is that it’s not all about competing with fashion (though there were some lovely outfits), or putting on the most perfect spread (though the carefully laid-out hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks were well-appreciated). It’s about lively conversation sprinkled with laughter; outright support of a variety of ideas and sharing solutions to our aging issues; and delighting in the journey.
My journey was a long one this week, as the party capped a week of rediscovering old friends. Dinner with a high-school classmate uncovered the similar arcs of our editorial
I don’t have to cite the studies that friendships make us healthier (though there are many), but we all know that these ties bind our hearts together, and I do not take that lightly. As I head fearlessly into this uncharted territory of aging, I’m pretty darn pleased to have old friends share the trip—and to welcome some new fellow travelers onto the bus!