A friend, older than I, refers to adjustments needed during a lifetime as “course corrections”. I think she’s right.
No matter at what age, we course correct frequently. Rarely do we, as young people, know what our course will be, stick to our concept of how it will be, and continue on that path for a lifetime. As we age, our course corrections are less created by opportunity or desire, and more by necessity. Where diet and exercise are important ingredients to our bodies when younger, they become crucial with age.
Use it or lose it is the truth of it.
Aging presents frequent course corrections that may be neither anticipated nor desired. Most often, this relates to health. When younger, we could take our bodies for granted: they would repair themselves even if it took a little time. Later, one has to think in terms of fiber, fruit and hydration.
Aging makes you aware of body maintenance, perhaps a loss of on-demand flexibility, and a different fatigue pattern, amongst other things. As the body declines, our world shrinks, coordinating with what we can manage. This is not something that one wants to think about until absolutely necessary. But, live long enough, and it will probably be necessary.
I fail yoga on a regular basis. Okay; so nobody “fails” yoga. It’s impossible. But my perceived failure is testament to how much I need the exercise and stretching as my body wants to contort into shoulders sloping forward, the head carried with the forward-thrust neck. Ugh. The fact is, if I don’t exercise those muscles that now want to “rest” (i.e. not work), I will have a “widow’s hump”. I prefer being upright: I can see more and internal organs function a lot better in a body held upright.
My friend also prefers the term Prime Timer instead of Over-the-Hiller, Elderly or Senior/Senior Citizen. Again, she’s right. We are at a Prime Time of our lives. We have learned a lot, seen a lot, experienced a lot, have a lot to offer, and are now facing perhaps our greatest challenge: aging.
We refer to our attitude as Active Aging, and our motto is “Onward!”
Let’s keep crossing those roads and exploring the other side!