In seven days, nine hours, and approximately 35 minutes I will enter a new era. The AARP-eligible phase of life. Yep, I’m "turning" fifty. The big five-O. Nifty fifty. I remember when my parents turned fifty - through my then twenty year-old eyes, that sure seemed pretty darn old. Now, I know better.
I don't feel old. Rather than being upset about being fifty, I’m embracing all the great things that come with it. For example:
-I care WAY less about what other people think
-I’m secure in who I am
-I can laugh at myself
-I appreciate my strengths
-I’m grateful for my health
-I’m grateful for my relationships
-I have a greater enjoyment for life
-I can get an AARP card – discounts, you know
-I understand the value of napping
-I don’t have to prove myself
-I want less ‘stuff’ and more substance
-I don’t feel the need to hurry as much
-I’m much wiser than I was at any other age
-I enjoy just ‘being’
-I like to step out of my comfort zone
-I appreciate hugs more
-I appreciate people in my life more
-Exercise is about health and not just muscle (though I certainly do appreciate a good gluteus)
-I know that life is precious
How does all of this tie in to my favorite topic of wellness? Life is wellness. All aspects of life impact your wellbeing in either a positive or adverse way. Our choices impact our wellness immensely. The choice to exercise impacts wellness much differently from the choice to be a couch potato. Our food choices, relationships, jobs, spiritual life (or lack thereof), and attitude all impact our wellness.
Yes, there are things in life that we don’t get to choose such as when someone dies, is in an accident, or a horrible diagnosis. But we can always choose our reactions. We can choose our attitudes. I’m not saying to discount negative feelings or emotions. It’s important to feel our feelings and learn from life’s lessons.
We all have negative things in our lives. I’ve certainly had my share of undesirable situations that were not in my control. In my younger, less wiser days, I could sink pretty low in the shadow of those situations. Now, my overall life choice is based on positivity. I embrace my wellness. Accentuate the positive. I want to live it right. There aren’t any do-overs.
“By the time we hit 50, we have learned our hardest lessons. We have found out that only a few things are really important. We have learned to take life seriously, but never ourselves.” - Marie Dressler
Wellness Lifestyle Educator
Future Member AARP :)