WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE LIKE ~

 

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I would like my life to look like in my precious remaining decades.  With God’s grace, as I round 60 in a few years, I think about how I want the rest of my life to play out.  Sure, I will probably be working til I’m in my 70’s, but hopefully at something I have passion for.

And sure, I hope and pray I’m healthy, but I ask myself every day “are you doing all you can that’s in your control to earn that health?”  I believe we can’t just abuse our bodies and then be upset when they “betray” us. Everything I do now that’s within my power, will contribute to how those final decades play out.  I can be unhealthy, miserable, stuck, a victim of my own life, or I can start now to plan exactly the kind of life I will live out to the final frame.

Physically, spiritually, emotionally, I want to live in joy.  I want to be thankful for every day and I never, ever want to stop learning.  Here are some of my inspirations, though I have many more….

Seventy eight year old Ginette Bedard of New York completed her first marathon with a time of 4:33 minutes.  I know enough about marathoners, having been married to one for thirty years, to know that this time is SMOKING for a 78 year old women!  Good for HER!

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Who could forget the unsinkable Diana Nyad, who became the first person to swim from Florida to Cuba without the aid of a shark tank!  She tried four times before and finally succeded at 64!!! A force to be reckoned with!

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How about Dr. Chris Northrup, author of “Goddesses Never Age”, who learned to Tango competitively  after decades of delivering babies and enduring a bad marriage.  Never too late to cut bait and start dancing! How amazing does she look here?  How full of passion and joy?

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And speaking of dancing…here’s my own 84 year old mom, getting down with the young’uns of the family at the latest wedding….Arthritis be damned! This woman still loves to dance and to seize the opportunity to find some joy, even though she’s the sole caregiver of my Alzheimer patient dad.  Joy is in the moments you seize…

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At her fiftieth wedding anniversary, she surprised my dad and her guests by performing a tap dance to “Razzle Dazzle” from the play “Chicago.”  Fishnets, top hat and ALL!  Good for her! And while I won’t deny that I was a little embarrassed at the time…Ok, I was a LOT embarrassed…I have come to realize how bold that was. And how she was dancing to her own joy, and not tamping it down for anyone else.  I learned a lot from her that night.

I hope to keep challenging myself, finding joy and dancing into old age as well.

And while you won’t find me in tap or tango shoes anytime soon, if you put on “Uptown Funk” within a hundred yards of me…look out!!!!!

Have a lovely, crown worthy weekend ~

 

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