A friend of mine invited me to her housewarming party recently. She’s adorably eccentric and I know she’s on the same page with me about taking care of body and soul.
So I was a little taken aback while conversing with a friend of hers who seemed to take a totally opposite stance. Apparently, he and his friends have decided that it’s nonsense to make an effort to exercise or alter their diets because, as he stated, “We’re all just going to get old anyway. Why fight it?”
In his opinion it was silly to deny yourself goodies or to put yourself out to move any more than necessary.
I started to explain my position, which is that the people who age well don’t do so because they happened to hit the genetic lottery.
They do it because they take the time and make the effort to learn how to best care for themselves, they do it because they’re involved in life and have an almost reverence for the vehicle that allows them to express their creativity and purpose.
But I stopped myself.
If your attitude is one of, “Why bother trying to fight it? I’m just going to get old anyway,” you’ll probably just go ahead and believe that the ones who don’t suffer the commonly accepted afflictions of the elderly are just “lucky” somehow.
I hope you have a great long-term care insurance plan and some devoted family to look after you. (I didn’t say that, of course—just thinking it.)
If, on the other hand, you’re curious about what can actually be done as you grow older to avoid the decline usually associated with that process, you’re in the right place. This will be a place to soak up tips and strategies and learn what to avoid and what to emphasize. (Stuff you might already know: Avoid sugar, deemphasize stress, and emphasize sleep, but some things you might not know and the how-tos.)
I believe—and I hope I can convince you too—that we can make the years ahead our best years yet!