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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.


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  • Reply Lisa Mills

    Have a fantastic time!!

    August 23, 2017 at 4:42 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      Thank you my friend!

      August 23, 2017 at 5:34 pm
  • Reply theresa lambert

    Awesome attitude! Good for you guys! I will be in my first triathlon on 9/10/17 – we are just getting better :>)

    August 24, 2017 at 4:13 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Good for you! You will be amazing!

      August 24, 2017 at 7:10 am

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