At the rate I am going, never! I don’t think I will ever, ever call myself old. Why? Because I just don’t feel it. I may look old. I’m definitely overweight and out of shape but that’s all due to my recent health problems and I am NOT going to blame myself for something of which I have no control. I still get to swim each and every day. And I still get to walk and hike….granted, yes, I’m a bit slower, but nonetheless, I’m walking and hiking at a pace I love and enjoy!
As long as I don’t look in a mirror, I’m golden.
So, in other words, aging has a lot to do with your mind and how you feel. Not your looks. Forget the old adage: “It is better to look good than to feel good.” I’m feeling good and that is all that matters to me! Everything is working. Everything is still in place. I’m doing all the things I set my mind out to do. And that’s a very good thing.
I think one of the things that has helped me gracefully age is the fact that I set up a daily to-do list. I have a bunch of things that I must do daily and finish each and every day no later than 12 noon. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment. I think if I weren’t able to successfully complete these tasks on a daily basis, then maybe, perhaps I may be getting old and feeble. But until then, no throwing in the towel just yet.
My daily tasks/chores start out with me making my bed each and every morning. There’s something zen-like about making one’s bed. I don’t know what it is exactly but I do know it is very important. The rest of my early morning is surfing the internet, catching up on emails, balancing the checkbook, looking over our finances, preparing a healthy breakfast, taking my gummy vitamins and cleaning up my house. Nothing major, but my kitchen must be cleaned up and spotless. Ditto for our bathroom. I put dishes away. Clothes back in their respective spaces. Caps on toothpaste. Socks back in their draws. I vacuum the whole first floor (1120 sq ft) each and every day (we have a shedding dog). I dust where necessary. I windex where needed. I have a routine and my day can not get off to a good start if I don’t get my house in order for the upcoming day!
By noon I’m at our community pool for a one hour, adults-only swim. Afterwards, I’m back home for a healthy lunch AND a quick nap. Those naps are sheer heaven! A quick walk with the dog (I clock between 1 and 2 miles a day). A catch-up on Wall Street at 4PM and then after dinner is another adult-only swim at our community pool between 6:30 and 7:30. It’s a perfect end to a very enjoyable day. Before I retire for the evening, I like to scour Facebook and Twitter to see what upcoming events I can put on our shared calendar. This weekend is a balloon festival on Saturday (for me, great photo-op) and Sunday is a classic car show (for him and also another great photo-op for me). I like to have as full a calendar as humanly possible. LOL! There’s always something (free) to do. I just have to find it!
Oh, and while I was in my office writing this post this morning, take a look who came to visit me and keep me company:
Between all the birds who live here with me on my property (wild turkeys, wrens, bluejays, cardinals, hawks and eagles to name a few) raccoons, coyotes, occasional bears, skunks, squirrels, possum, chipmunks, turtles, frogs (we have a pond and a stream) and yes, we have snakes! I never feel alone and I always appreciate the wonder of it all! All of my ‘friends’ have planned activities that they must do each and every day also. I don’t think any of them worry about their age or how they look. They are just moseying along, enjoying life and living here with me in perfect harmony.
Now, that’s what I call youthful living!