Friday, September 02, 2011
Age Appropriate--exactly what does that mean? And who judges what is age appropriate?
Now I know at 50+ there are certain things that are best put on the shelf. And I think that I can judge those pretty well myself. But what is wrong with keeping a youthful zeal for life? If I want to say "cool" and "neat" I still will. They still mean the same thing to me that they always did! If I want to bike in the rain or garden with no gloves who does it harm? I still love the feel of the 'burn" after a good work out! I may not be able to keep up with the younger crowd but I have learned slow and steady wins the race. There is something to be said for perseverance and endurance!
I have gracefully retired the short skirts years ago(about the time I became the poster child for spider veins) and wear a modest swimsuit. I substituted biking for running when the years of wear and tear hit my back. I no longer play volleyball because of wrist injury, but I keep on adding new interests to replace the old. I guess it is a chance to grow.
I feel bad for my friends who stop activities and don't replace them with other physical activities. I watch them slowly accept that this is how life becomes after a certain age. I jump up and down and insist they try new things but they sadly shake their heads and say I need to slow down......so I don't injure myself for good before the great golden years arrive(now I'm not doing anything dangerous)...or ruin my health for our "later" years. Am I crazy for thinking activity and new interests will keep me going longer???
I am thankful for my new Spark Friends who believe as I do. I get such inspiration and new ideas from you all. Please keep sharing!