Saturday, May 28, 2016

Fighting Time

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should rave and burn at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
~Dylan Thomas

It's unknown who said that age is a state of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. There are pictures on social media comparing two elderly women of the same age. One is usually dancing or doing some sort of crazy exercise and the other is, well, old.

The trick is aging like grandma number one if we are even lucky enough to get that far.

I remember in my 20's thinking people in their 40's were old. Now I'm in my 40's and I'm not sure what that "old" age is anymore. My parents are the most active people I know, always running, biking, swimming, doing pilates, golfing or any number of new things they are probably currently trying that I don't know about. My mother-in-law joined Planet Fitness when one opened near her house and goes every day. She loves the way the big, burly guy at the desk tells her to have a great workout.

I ride horses with some ladies who are ten to twenty years older than me. They hop on giant animals and have them hurl over jumps because they love it and why not? They call themselves (and yes-I am included) Fossils over Fences. Anyone younger than 40 is a Fossil in Training. Horse people are awesome.

I remember watching my grandmother get old. Inactivity and weight gain combined with arthritic knees made it easy to become still. The more you become still the harder it is to move. That's a fact.

So if you look in the mirror and wonder where time went reflect on a few things:

1) You are still here.
2) If you have a functioning body you can try something new or continue your passion.
3) You are so much smarter than a Fossil in Training. Life does that.
4) You know that bucket list we all have? Make a plan. You're not getting any younger.


"Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been."
~Mark Twain

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