I'm still amazed that at this age (40) I'm still learning how to use my body in ways I never thought about--like swimming or building muscles or learning to roller blade. How awesome! I hope I can keep this up, because as I child I never thought I was 'athletic' and now, I do see myself as some what of an athlete, for the first time.
6/15/2011 4:57:54 AM
I love this, what a wonderful reminder that even if we miss the target, we have still improved in a multitude of ways.
5/23/2011 2:46:54 PM
My mom was forbidden to do a lot of things by her domineering husband (my dad) but after he passed away, she grieved, then got up and started doing everything he'd forbidden. At 67, she bought books, joined a writers group, and now, at 82, she still works parttime to pay her car insurance, is a storytelling elf on an excursion train during the Christmas holidays, performs in a Passion Play every spring, is in the church choir (they have at least 2 CDs out), writes an inspirational senior column for a local paper... and heck, I can't keep track of all her activities; this is just the tip of the iceberg. She revels in her 5 grown kids, 5 grandkids, and 6, soon to be 8, great-grandchildren. It's too late for her to start pursuing ALL her interests and dreams, but she's sure working on some!
My children are now 19 & 20 years old & we still learn from each other. I admit i become a little self righteous when i hear some views espoused by my young adults! i guess as a parent & mentor you can only braiinwash (encourage) ur kids with ur viewpoint, to a certain degree & at the end of the day the rest is up to them.
I've put my life on hold for a long time for children & work and it's exciting and scary to try new things. Bungee jumping...probably not, but 4 wheeling or horseback riding? that's a real possibility.
This was an eye opener 4me... I'm in my early 50's and recently retired. I love to draw, and I have an artsie fare. I have a sketch pad and my kids laugh, b/c they had no idea that I had this eye for talent. lol. I have thought about taking an art class somewhere, but I just haven't. Maybe I will "shoot for the moon", and just do it! Thanks for the inspiration. :)
I couldn't agree more. At age 50, I decided that it was time to TRY to get into shape. Through the process of searching for a fitness activity that I love, I found group exercises - Jazzercise, Kickboxing, Group Power (strength training), and Pilates. I've learned that I'm a social fitness fanatic and through the process of taking 2-3 classes a week, my body is in better shape than it has ever been. I live in a family with all men, and their reactions to my tone body has been priceless and definitely an ego booster.
12/12/2010 7:22:09 PM
Some cartoon character (maybe Garfield, who sure could use a little Spark in his life!) once said, "It is amazing what one can accomplish when one doesn't know what one cannot do." It never crosses a ten-year-old's mind that s/he won't someday play professional hockey - the kid just goes out there and plays hockey, having fun and keeping fit and dreaming big. Maybe we adults need to lose a big load of "practicality and realism", and just get out there and act like we CAN have the healthy lifestyle we dream of. Who says we can't?
I thought, from the title, that this was to be another message about using your children to achieve your own lost goals (I thought this from the title, and also from the opening remarks). However - it isn't that. I think, now (having read the whole article), that it is about an opportunity to use your child's enthusiasms to buck up your own ideas and get yourself moving again.. So, it shouldn't be about finding classes or groups to fit an activity your child seems interested in - it's see to your child's interests - AND ALSO find a class or group that will let you do something. Or go to the same group together. Thanks for the article.
It's never too late to take up a new activity, learn a new skill! I am always inspired by the adults I meet at the pool who decided to learn to swim late in life. Some want to be able to be with their kids in the water; some want to finally overcome their childhood fears; some want to make up for what poverty or circumstance denied them earlier. They're all awesome!
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