Mocha bows her head and licks my leg once.
I look up from my laptop at her smiling Chocolate Labrador face.
She waits patiently as I lean forward, moan, and then scratch her ears.
Why did scratching my dog’s ears make me moan?
Apparently, I can’t do hours of squats one day, and then move (without moaning) for many days after.
I can swim, I can walk, I can hike with no problem.
But if I do squats … ouch!
Yesterday, I took time out from a very busy day to have lunch with a girlfriend.
I gently eased my sore body into the booth at the restaurant, laughing at how difficult it was for me to SIT.
I joked about how I’d be “better off” if I hadn’t ventured out of the house last weekend.
“If only I had an interest in daytime TV,” I joked.
Our conversation progressed into a discussion on aging.
Why are some of our friends aging so much faster than others?
Why are some people we know “old” while still in their forties?
Why are some, older, people (friends who are in their eighties) young in comparison?
Sure, some people have to battle illnesses, or emotional, or psychological battles …
But assuming everything is as normal as it gets in life –
Why is there such a huge variance in how people age?
Of course, my girlfriend and I are Life-Solving-Experts, so we came to some expert conclusions.
We both agreed, aging is very, very, mental.
Sure genetics, nutrition, exercise – they all play important factors.
A big part of aging is also a decision/choice.
Are you content to become The Sedentary Old Person, sitting on the couch watching TV all day?
Or are you going to be the person out living every moment of your life?
We decided the people we see aging well, are people who don’t think of themselves as being old.
The people who are aging well also:
• Have multiple interests they’re involved in
• Are active/involved in life
• Continue learning, creating, stretching their brains.
• Seek out new experiences/stimulation.
• Fight to get back up when life knocks them on the ass.
The people who aren’t aging well:
• Seem resigned they’re “already old” and ACT old, even when they’re still relatively young.
• Think they’ve experienced the highlight(s) of their life already
• Are content to be stuck in the status quo of life as it is.
• Don’t seek out new experiences/stimulation.
• Look at the downs in life as the inevitable way it’s going to be.
Where do I rank in the aging realm?
Well, I’m certainly not perfect … after all, I can barely walk after a squat workout.
But, on the other hand, I am (still!) Twenty Four At Heart.
How about you?