I am a senior.
I buy “senior coffee” at McDonalds and Starbucks.
I take advantage of senior discounts at the movies.
I get the AARP rate at hotels.
I’m neither ashamed nor embarrassed to be called a senior.
I have seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
I’m proud of my age. Sometimes people are amazed when I tell them my age.
I also accept that as a part of getting older, I’m going to have some stiffness, some aches and pains, arthritis, and have to get up once or twice in the middle of the night to visit the bathroom.
Can I minimize these “symptoms” of getting older? Yes. Can I eliminate them? Probably not!
I do know that I can do more than I think I can – I have proved it. It’s part of my reality. Bruce Lee, the martial artist, actor, movie producer and philosopher (he majored in Philosophy at the University of Washington), was asked by a man: “How can I get my legs to move faster?” Bruce Lee’s answer? “Move your legs faster.”
The same applies to anything we want to do. We just have to do it. It may take a while to progress to the point where we can do whatever it is we want to do, but, if we try, try again, and try a little harder each time, we can do it – we will do it. And the more we do it, whatever “it” is, we will get better and better at it, and it will become easier and easier.
Getting older can sometimes slow us down, but it can’t stop us. As long as we continue to move our bodies, eat healthfully, breathe deeply, get plenty of rest and sleep, and take charge of how we sit and stand, we will be active seniors, longer. That’s a reality.
Thank you for reading.