Tim Allen has shared some advice on how to be present in your own life in the latest issue of AARP The Magazine.
“I suggest it to everybody to engage as much as you can in life,” he says in an exclusive interview in the magazine, on sale September 24. “Most human beings are disengaged all day, every day. You’re doing one thing but you’re thinking about your dry cleaning or ’I’ve got this on Friday.’ It takes energy. God knows I’m not the Dalai Llama, but if you’re not careful and don’t find your center point, you end up sorta drifting through life sideways.
“Yesterday I was swimming with my 3 year-old, and I looked up and thought, ‘How wonderful this world is.’ We’re always searching for something, but it’s going to be all right. Stop fretting so much.”
Allen also touches on his sobriety, losing his father at a young age, and other personal struggles from which his accessible brand of comedy was born.
“My wife and I have befriended couples in their 70s, 80s and 90s, and they’re so clear about who they are. They teach us humility and gentleness. Maybe their bodies don’t work the way they once did, but they’re right there. That’s how I want to be as I get older.
“You don’t want the end to come and say, ‘I wished I’d loved more, I wish I smelled more roses.’ You have to do that now.”