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    Age Perception is a Funny Thing

    Back in the USA and These Things Are on My Mind

    Age perception is a funny thing.  When you were 40 years old and your parent turned 60 they seemed so ancient.  In two weeks my husband hits the big 6-0 and he is certainly not ancient.

    When I was 35 my baby brother passed away at 32.  Of course he seemed very young to die, but recently my family lost my cousin, also 32 and she seems like a child to me now that I am 58.  Gone way to soon.

    I was thinking the other day about my teachers in grade school.  When I was a kid I had some great teachers, but of course they all seemed old to me.  I was a kid.  They were grownups.  When you are little grownups all seem old.

    Age perception is a funny thing. As we mature we look at age so differently.  I have never been afraid to grow old, but I certainly make a constant effort to keep my body in condition and be as healthy as I can.  Because at this time in my life I am acutely aware of people my age and younger who are passing away – some after a long illness while others very suddenly.

    Today I look at my parents in their 80’s and am thankful they are still here, and hope they have a lot of years left.  I think about celebrating their fiftieth birthdays and it seems like yesterday.

    Age perception is a funny thing.  Maturity definitely sheds a different light on life, age and longevity.  But we live and learn don’t we?  And I’d rather be growing old than not at all.

    No regrets.

     

     

     

    Europe Travel

    Your Imperfections Make You Who You Are

    In Control of my Camino

    Location: Portugal

    After 57 years I have a friend in my body. I know it well. I listen when it talks. In return it is supportive and pretty reliable.

    I don’t use anti-aging creams and potions. I don’t try to act or look younger.  I have no interest in trying to look 30, act 40 or any other age than what I am. I proudly display my silver crown as grey Goddess. I’ve earned it. I am 57 without shame. Don’t tell me I’m too old for anything – I abhor ageism and the limitations it attempts to impose on me.  I heard a quote by Susan Sarandon just today , “As you get older, it’s your imperfections that make you who you are.”  Damn straight.

    I am not old. I just am. And I will walk 500 miles.

    For nearly a year we have been training for this walk.  If I’m not ready now I never will be.

    I am in control of the things I can control – I stopped running three weeks ago because my body said I should.  The constant sciatic pain disappeared when I didn’t run.  So for now, there will be no more running.  I’ll try again in a few months.

    I stopped taking my statin (after consulting with my doctor back home).  I slowly became aware the statin was causing me joint and muscle pain.  So for now, I’m off. In a few months I’ll have my cholesterol checked and make a decision with my doctor.  But for now, my body says no.

    We’ve walked and trained and walked some more. Only one training day left.  This I control.

    There will be things I can’t control- weather, sickness, injury, and more.  But I won’t dwell on these things.  There is no point.

    Instead I am excited. Ready. Hopeful. Prepared – and definitely not old.

    Time to enjoy the final training days of a year of preparation.  Grateful to this body for all it provides, including the wisdom of nearly six decades.

    Proud and Fabulous and Ready.