(I’m Christmasing and cleaning and working the Challenge [down 7 pounds thankyouverymuch] and still unpacking right now, so this is a semi-sort-of-repeat, changed a bit)

While doing research, I came across this statement: “New adventures await everyone, regardless of age.”  Did you get that?  New adventures!  That actually fits with a statement I have adopted:  “It’s never too late to be who you want to be!”

I know people who are preparing to die in their 50’s.  It is a bit disconcerting to me because I know that, at worst people can live another 20 years after 50, and at best, into their 100’s living a good life (article on my website).   And even if you retire your attitude doesn’t have to be that “IT’S ALL OVER.”   After retirement at 65, my father was in the workforce for 20 more years at a different career that he absolutely loved.

Toward that end of the age of 29, many people get depressed and decide life will stink from that point forward.  I mean, after all, they’re headed to the dreaded OLD 30’s!  And just forget it; for sure life is over at 40.  Everything is going to go downhill according to the statistics, magazines, and supposed experts.  It is all over except the dying.

I remember dried apple dolls – that is what I used to think being over 40 was going to be like… dried up, ugly and just sitting around on the shelf. 

I am SO glad I was wrong!  Over 40, over 50, over 60, over 70, and yes, over 80 (ask my mom; well, you can’t since she’s now in heaven but she was vital up until she moved) – it is all in your mind, in your attitude, in your heart!

Think about all the people who began careers late in life (Col. Sanders and his Kentucky Fried Chicken, 60’s; Painter Grandma Moses; 70’s, and my all time favorite, Marjorie Newlin (above) who, at 72, got tired of asking people to help her lift a 50 bag of cat litter; so she began weight training – and then body building – and won awards against women half her age.  That woman rocked a bikini at 86!  Check out my posting: No Flab, No Polyester Knit, No Excuses which also includes a link to my website and an article about her.

I didn’t meet my KISA* until I was in my early 40’s.  That’s why I like the song’s Young At Heart.  The first line says it all, “Fairy tales can come true – it can happen to you – if you’re young at heart!”  This has proven to be very true in my life.

It is all a matter of perspective.  It really is all in your attitude.  If you think you are old, you are old – no matter what age that is.  If you will attack life and choose to delight in all it has to offer you, you will look at things differently.

After marrying in my 40’s, I made a decision that I was going to look at life as a gift to savor and enjoy to the maximum.  Life is just too short to do anything less.  I was just starting out on this fabulous journey with my man and I sure wasn’t going to prepare to die, retire from life or get old!

Together we do everything possible to live long and strong.  We work out, drink plenty of water and take our supplements.  We eat as healthy as possible, cutting out processed foods.  Of course, we have a most excellent sex life – I mean, after all, we ALL know sex is good for the heart, right?  RIGHT?

I am having such a riot!  My life is truly joyous – and it really is all a matter of perspective. Specific things in my life may not have been or be perfect – but I am either working on them or learning to let go or how to deal without losing my joy.

You know why attitude is vital?  No amount of worry, fretting, stressing or fear is ever going to change your circumstances.  Yet worrying, fretting, stressing and fear will not only make you old before your time, it will kill you.   You have the choice to choose life or to choose death; to choose joy or to choose unhappiness; to see half-full or half-empty; you don’t have to stay negative – just change your choices. 

Is your life almost over or is your life just getting richer and better?   Is there anything you wish you had done when you were younger?  WELL, DO IT NOW!  You are in a better position to do it right now, no matter what age you are.  If you really want to do something, NOW is the time.

Never stop growing, learning, stretching, and dancing!  Never quit experimenting with new things and ideas.  Never, ever give up HOPE.  If you lose that “starry-eyed-anything-can-happen” attitude, you will settle into a ho-hum life, waiting to die, wearing polyester and knit, oh my!!

Dreams can come true.  It is a matter of attitude – if you’re young at heart!

FOLLOW YOUR JOY!

*knight in shining armor

Dedicated to my mom who live an amazingly full, vital life accomplishing far more than most women even dream of!  She’s on left next to my aunt.

In 20’s

 

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