Depending upon which magazine or study report you read, there are a number of steps we can take to improve the aging experience. Some reports say this supplement or that vitamin will help and others say to eat this food or that one. I don’t know about all of you, but I can get pretty confused trying to sort through all of this information. I have decided that I am going to just do what makes good sense and feels right to me and not do something just because it is supposed to help “reverse or slow down” the aging process.
I am convinced that how well we age is truly more about attitude than about chemistry. The right attitude will get a person moving, not necessarily because it’s what is recommended, but because it feels good! The right attitude will lead a person to eat well, not because it is going to keep us younger longer, but because healthy, bright-colored foods taste good! Sure, so do cakes and chocolate, but who’s saying not to eat those as well? The right attitude will ensure these treats remain just that – treats – and don’t become a staple in their diet.
Obviously, there are some supplements that are useful and do help (calcium, for one) and the right attitude will see that those supplements are taken when necessary. The right attitude will also result in routine wellness visits to the doctor and preventative screenings so that problems can be addressed before they become serious.
Aging is a fact, but it certainly does not have to be accepted as a sentence. A positive attitude will see this stage as one of freedom to explore and experience adventures we either didn’t have time for earlier or were too afraid of pursuing. After all, after a certain age, some things just aren’t worth worrying over!
Speaking from personal experience, my husband is furloughed from his job as I write, but instead of whining and complaining, he is finishing home improvement projects that have been on the back burner. We’ve also been spending time together walking with the dogs around the farm and into the woods. In many ways, this time is a blessing for us, even if it means money will be tight for a while.
Looking forward can be harder than looking back, but it is the only way to see the sunrise. Think of aging as the adventure it is and suck every iota of fun out of it! Wear a red hat with a purple dress if that’s something you’ve always wanted to do! You may start a trend! Remember, LIVE OUT LOUD!!