As Danielle Steel so eloquently said, “I’m not an aging gracefully type. But I do believe in aging with grace”. Okay. Okay. Maybe “grace” is an overstatement. I’m aging, that’s a fact. I’m not very graceful, sadly, also a fact. Is acceptance the equivalent to grace? So much has been written about mankind (and woman-kind) as we age.
As the old cliché goes … only two things in life are certain … death and taxes. Well, isn’t that just dandy? Surely, I wouldn’t have asked Julie Andrews to sing about either death or taxes as my favourite things. But, as it is with everything in our lives, we have choices. I choose to quietly accept the fact that I must pay my taxes. However, on the other end of the spectrum, I choose to wrestle with aging as best I can. It’s not graceful … and it’s certainly not always pretty … but it makes me happy and keeps me active. I win some battles and I lose some battles, but I always relish the challenge.
I enjoyed reading Terry Carr’s Blog Dear Self: Do Not Fear Aging
The fear of aging is real. How will others see us? “It is a privilege to get old.” She’s right.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans website promotes a blog entitled Promoting Physical Activity to Older Adults
While I enjoyed this read and shared the views of the author, please let me get something off my shoulders … just for the record; I am not yet officially a “senior” yet. While I’ve endured my 50th birthday, I have not yet embraced the “senior” title. Whew. Just sayin’.
After raising my children, I now have time for myself and enjoy getting out and being physically active and social, the proverbial win-win. It’s time to walk the walk rather than just talk the talk. I am very proud to say that I’ve done just that.
I am now a female hockey player (that may be using the term “player” rather loosely) and having the time of my life! The Women’s Hockey League in my hometown has over 300 women between the ages of 21 and 70+ playing the great Canadian game! I’ve made best friends and stay active during the winter skating hard and having fun. I started playing in my 40’s and still look forward to playing in my 50’s. Games are fun, the dressing room chatter is classic and the post-game beverages are refreshing.
This past April, I was lucky enough to be part of a team that travelled to Windsor to be part of the CARHA World Cup of Hockey. https://www.thecup2016.ca/ A fantastic 7 days, with awesome teammates in their 3o’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. A week that I will never forget.
The pictures speak for themselves. It really was as much fun as it looks!
I play golf in a Tuesday night ladies league during the summer and enjoy mixed slo-pitch during the warmer months as well. I’m not the best at either sport but the activity and the laughs are just what I came for.
So let’s all get out there. We are all aging; some more slowly or quickly than others. Embrace aging and all the opportunities it presents. Get active. Get social. It doesn’t have to be pretty. It doesn’t have to be “graceful”. Find your inner child and reignite your competitiveness. You may not be the best at the activities you enjoy but trust me; the good far outweighs anything else. Make the happy aging choice … you’ve earned it.