Monday, January 14, 2013
I'm turning 36 this week and I've been thinking a lot about age.
When I was younger, I was passionate about "helping people." I volunteered in college and when I graduated, I joined AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps is national service -- where people can volunteer for a year and be paid by the federal government. After 2 years with AmeriCorps, I went to grad school, and THEN I began my career, at age 28. I always felt like I had time to do what I wanted. I was young, smart, and motivated.
But now, somehow, I'm 36. I know that in the grand scheme of things, I'm still young. But I'm not as young as I used to be. There's something wrong with my hip; my waist would prefer to expand; I don't heal as quickly as I remember doing, even just a couple of years ago.
I've yo-yo'd the same 10 pounds for a long time now. Once I reached my desired weight, I would stop exercising and eat "normally" again. I'm changing my mindset about what healthy eating and active living mean in my life -- to see them as a means for long-term health. And that is a new concept for me.
I know that getting older is a good thing -- we are wiser, calmer, smarter. I hope I can work on appreciating this more as the years continue to accumulate.
What are your thoughts on age?