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Monday, January 14, 2013

...Wiser?

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?
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REDQT2 1/15/2013 9:44AM

    I'm still young, but I am certainly hoping to get older and wiser. I need it!

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KABMPH 1/14/2013 5:25PM

    I loved turning 30! I was so ready to be done with my 20s. I just didn't expect to think my mid- to late-30s would make me "old"! I seem to have it in my head that being young stopped around 33... So you're still a young'un to me, ASTAPP21! ;-)

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ASTAPP21 1/14/2013 3:55PM

    I've been thinking about aging lately since my 30th birthday is fast approaching. Unlike many people, I'm not dreading turning 30 - my 20s were a valuable time of growth and learning, and I feel secure in who I am and where I'm heading in life. But.. I, too, am starting to have those "not as young as I used to be" thoughts. My right knee has been bothering me, I don't spring back from injuries quite as fast, and yes, my waist just wants to expand no matter what I tell it! I think you're right, though - getting older does mean getting wiser, and you are doing what you can to take care of your body, as well.

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