Growing older & reaching the age where you qualify for senior discounts is a destination that most Americans dread, especially women. I have to admit that I’ve been thinking more on how I want to approach my golden years. Do I really want to stress every wrinkle? Am I going to measure my self-worth by whether or not men look longingly at me anymore? Will I give in to the idea that being elderly means I will be frail & weak? Well, that’s a big heck no!
Try telling 90-year old National Senior Games Athlete, Hazel Trexler Campbell that & you might get blown away in a cloud of dust when you see her run the 100-meter dash. Campbell says she realizes that “being active is what’s important as you get older. It helps you to survive.”
In 2007 I took a volunteer trip to Thailand for a month where I worked at a nursing home. Of all the ways I could have served, I found myself teaching the elderly kickboxing, along with charades, and other crazy shenanigans:) I was surprised at how agile, flexible & fit they were, but looking at the mindset of the culture, it makes sense. Aging to them isn’t dreaded; it’s welcomed & seen with honor. They have an acceptance of themselves that brings them inner peace, joy and love. Out of that healthy mindset comes a healthy body.
No matter what your age you can be eternally young and forever fit. What is the secret?
- Love yourself by caring for your thoughts. Watch your inner dialogue. Debunk stupid thoughts like: I’m over the hill…I get in the way. While we are at it, kick the guilt to the curb. Guilt is a bully you will never win a fight with, so enough of “if I only had a 2nd chance.”
- Love yourself by caring for your body. When you love your body you will put good, nutritious & healthy food into it, & you will exercise.
- Love yourself by caring for your spirit. Your spirit is ageless and powerful. Prayer & spiritual practices feed our spirit man. So when those giants of fear, guilt & sickness come you can nail them to the ground! Proverbs 18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity.
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