Today I'm gonna go into reverie mode.
What's that mean you ask?
Well, it means that I'm gonna muse on the true meaning of "Aging With Dignity" and also what to do if "getting older" takes you by surprise!
First off, we all have to agree that age is inevitable. We start out young and slowly mature. Some people mature faster and others slower.
My own children are taking the slow route, and I'm pretty positive it has to do with how they have been raised.
As an aside, I'm creating a comparison between my own children and a neighbor's child. I know we as parents aren't supposed to do things like this, but I'm not most people and prefer a frank discussion about the reality we find ourselves in.
This neighbor girl is the same age as my oldest daughter, and while she certainly has her quirks, she has a maturity about her that my kid just simply lacks. I think I know what it is that's different, and honestly, it makes me nervous to think about.
The parents of the "neighbor girl" tend to leave her on her own far more often that we do with our kids.
If I'm being honest with myself, admitting that maturity and responsibility come from being alone and having to figure out how to take care of oneself is an easy agreement but really hard to put into practice.
My wife and I have raised our kids based on our own experiences growing up and we tried to do the opposite of what our parents did wrong. Unfortunately that's not always the best way to do things.
Recognizing the things our parents did RIGHT first would probably be more effective, providing chores with an allowance would also be a good idea as well as a concentration on personal responsibility.
Ya know, things that I look back on and realize that I didn't do.
Anyway, this blog is also supposed to be about growing older and not just my failure as a parent, so let's discuss that why don't we?
You wouldn't know it to look at me, but I'm turning 43 this year. I can hardly believe it myself.
As I moved past the age of 40, it became apparent that that "Hill" people have always talked about is really a thing.
I've been developing aches and pains in places that I didn't know existed. I'm sure that you've discovered what I'm talking about if you are also "Over the Hill".
I've discovered that the best course of action is to keep active on a daily basis. Sometimes it's more difficult than I'd like to admit.
There's a minimum level of activity that seems to work to keep bones and joints less "achy" and muscles stronger.
My suggestion is this: Get a weight set, lift them between 20 and 50 times in different ways at least every 3 days.
I've noticed that doing that on a weekly basis keeps me more awake and active without pain.
Running or a brisk walk is also really good, so get up and get out! But not till after you finish reading!
When time lapses and activity wanes, aches and pains and other issues surface. I'm sure you know what I mean here.
Something else that tends to have a big impact is diet. Now I'm not advocating going on a diet, but the food you eat, whatever that happens to be, has a huge effect on your health. Eat more natural food. Get organic when you can. Be aware that boxed food is not very healthy. (I'm terrible with this, because I love me some Hamburger Helper.)
So the takeaways here are: 1. Stay active 2. Eat well 3. Allow your kids to grow without being helicopter parents!
Hopefully you are reading this before experiencing it and can make plans for your future.
Oh, one last thing.
Don't be surprised by the aging process!
See ya soon!