Mirror, Mirror on the wall…is that ME??!!
By Carolyn Mayes
After interviewing one hundred elders across America, I’ve come to the conclusion that life is what you make of it. It doesn’t have to be all about aches and pains and medications. Kind of like when I ask someone what they did today, and the answer is “laundry.”
I don’t want to knock doing laundry if you really love it. But if you don’t love it, why give it so much recognition? Does it really deserve to be the highlight of the day?
Wouldn’t it be better to say you read a good book, played with your kids, built something cool, and you happened to throw some clothes in the machine as you walked by?
One of the seniors interviewed in Whiskey and Apple Pie said, “One of the hardest parts about getting older is that we all feel young in our heart, and then I look in the mirror and I see this lady full of wrinkles, and I think that isn’t me, but it is.”
Some people do feel old. But do they have to, or is it a choice? How much is due to being handed a lousy hand of cards vs. letting the aches and pains prevail over the joys in life? How many of those aches and clogged arteries were inevitable vs. preventable with better nutrition and exercise? How many times is ones’ focus on negatives because one didn’t take the time to develop more positives?
I invite you to look in the mirror and ask yourself…
1. How many times has television improved your quality of life?
2. How many times have you hiked through a beautiful park?
3. How many times have you made time to have an intimate moment with someone you really love?
I’ll leave you with one more quote from the elders.
“You can’t look ahead 20 years…people say ‘I will wait until I am retired and then I’ll do that.’ What you want to do, if it’s your dream just do it, no matter what age, but don’t make excuses why you can’t do it because so many people never get there. “