My mind insists I'm 33 years of age. It fully expects my body to follow along with whatever shenanigans it dreams up. Unfortunately, I am not ageless and my body protests loudly.
At my age, it's not what hurts...it's what doesn't hurt. I'm not being gloomy or trying to depress you younger folk. It's the reality of a lifetime of demands placed upon my body. I admittedly have a extremely high tolerance for pain, but ageless I am not. I guess some people might choose to quit an activity once something becomes uncomfortable. Apparently, I do not.
Just as I refuse to suddenly call my lifelong freckles "age spots", I choose not to focus on aging and its associated aches and pains as a negative thing. My freckles? A life full of sunshine kisses. My aches and pains? Badges of honor, trophies, memories of adventures, and signs of accomplishment.
If you asked about water skiing, I'd tell you how happy it makes me and how I hope to continue forever! You wouldn't hear how lucky I was not to break my neck using the wrong ski (which would cause me to flip head over heels). Or, how saying "GO" because I was freezing in the water, but clearly not set, literally caused my butt to pull out of it's socket and resulted in still lingering glute and back pain. Or, how a lifetime of pulling against the boat has caused elbow tendonitis.
|Our last snow skiing adventure.|
If you asked about snow skiing, you'd hear how I wished we lived closer to the slopes and how I'd like to improve...even at my age. I wouldn't mention the horrible Achilles tendonitis that lasted for months, perhaps even a year, after a trip to Colorado.
If you asked about my kids, you'd hear how I've enjoyed doing fun things with them at every age. But, I'd skip the story of tearing my ankle tendon at the waterpark and the necessary surgery, casts, crutches and rehab to correct it.
Finally if you asked about running, I'd tell you how much I love it and how much I miss it. I wouldn't mention the ankle stress fracture which developed after my first half. Or, the sprained ankle a few years later -- for no reason at all. Or, the IT band pain. Or, the cranky hips. Or, the current foot stress fracture (well OK, I may talk about that one).
My point is -- yes I do have one and thanks for staying with me -- these aches, pains and injuries are NOT THE POINT. Even though I am not ageless, I refuse to allow aging to be my focus -- only the by-product of a wonderful life filled with adventure.
What's your take on aging?
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