What's the Use?
Sunday, February 03, 2013
Ha! It is February already and I am finally looking at 2013! Where does the time fly?
I want to discuss a conversation I had with a friend recently. We were out to eat at a Mexican resturant and catching up with each other's busy life. She has always been single(no kids) and I am finally an empty nester( 2 kids in college). We are both in our mid 50's. Ok that's all the background you need......
We started talking about our jobs. We both talked about looking for a change. Me because I am afraid healthcare reform will have a huge influence on my type of work and she because she is bored and unchallenged. As we talked about it, she ended our conversation with: at our age what's the use changing?
We started talking about what we had been up to and I asked her if she had taken a vacation or done anything fun this past year. She told me she didn't have anyone to travel with. I suggested joining a tour group and she said: what's the use in spending all the money to vacation with strangers.
We talked about our weight. I said I was planning for some big changes this year! I told her about new healthy recipes, yoga, being more active and taking a hiking vacation. Her response again was what's the use in denying yourself what you really want at our age? Now that made me really think....what we really want.
I really want:
To lose 40 lbs
To be more active and adventurous
To live longer and healthier so my husband and I can enjoy retirement when it comes
To dream still. Have destinations I want to see, strangers I want to meet, food I want to taste
To continue to be a role model for my kids even though they are adults
To set goals and achieve them "at our age"
To stay in love with life and appreciate each day as a gift
To be so filled with gratitude for the little things that I am blown away with the big things
To give back to others even if it is just a smile
To be spontaneous and have an open mind
To love a new challenge to learn, grow, and meet goals
To know that I am a child of God and keep His love flowing through me to others
We may have 2 totally different attitudes entering this phase of our lives, but I was grateful for our night......it really made me think. Neither of us is right or wrong it's just all about :What's the use? I choose to live it fully!