Aging: Task 3

Defining Life Realistically - the third of Jung’s tasks of aging.

I hope that you are beginning to see how these tasks flow together. All involve looking at the life we have lived so far — our regrets and triumphs sorrows and delights. And doing so without judging ourselves, which can be the hardest part. The only way to get to where we are now is the route that we took. This is the time for making peace with ourselves and our biography. We cannot start over again as perhaps we might wish. Instead we need to find acceptance.

“Thoroughly unprepared, we take the step into the afternoon of life. Worse still, we take this step with the false presupposition that our truths and our ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning, for what was great in the morning will be little at evening and what in the morning was true, at evening will have become a lie.” C.G. Jung

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