What are you doing for the rest of your life?

Live Like You Can

By Janis McDonald

As I clear 65 next month, I am spending more time looking at my life portfolio, evaluating its content to see if I want to change anything. For example, how do I spend my time, where do I focus my mental energy, how am I treating my body?

For me, it is a time of “stop, look, listen” to what’s important now and how it will impact my future.

Looking down the road to the third trimester of my life, I think about my physical health and staying strong. I want strength so I can go, and go, and go until the end, crossing the finish line with a body that provides me agility, strength, speed and coordination.

“Aging brings disability and dependency” is now an outdated mode of thinking. It absolutely does not have to be that way. In fact what research has shown is activity is the key to keeping the body running well and even starting at a late age has lots of benefits.

With longer life spans, sometimes 30 years longer, we can continue to have the strength we need, the vibrancy that makes life powerful and the desire to continue to grow, learn and reach forward.

We are creating a new way to think about aging differently, even as we are living it. My Google alert sends me stories of “l00 year young” people still living life to their fullest capabilities. Their stories have many common threads. They describe never giving up, keeping the body moving and challenged daily, creating and nourishing a circle of friends and keeping their minds open to new ideas.

As I move into these years of my life, I am committed to rebalancing my life portfolio to reflect what is important to me now. At the top of my list is investing in daily fitness, which will increase my ability to continue having a vital and expanding life, possibly for another 35 years. (Yes, I feel I will live to be one of the Super Agers at 100.)

My first step in rebalancing my portfolio was to reflect on what my past has held for me and how my past has created me. Currently, I am focusing on my present to consider how it is working for me right now.

Now my life’s mission is to ponder on what I need to accept or let go of so I can move forward carrying what I choose into my third trimester. As I do this, I know it is important to connect with people whom I trust to support me and give me good feedback as I sift through to discover what I need to take with me on this new journey.

The first thing I am packing to take along is a commitment to stay active every day. Movement leads to fitness and I will exercise daily. I will get up in the morning and walk, move, exercise for strength, interact with people and never give up, no matter what!

Up to now, my portfolio was heavily balanced in the “work mode” with a slice of time for exercise, relaxation, meditation and friends/family. Now at almost 65, I am working on my personal plan to rebalance my portfolio to better support me in my third trimester.

Bottom line, there is vitality and a good life even at 100 if I continue to keep my muscles strong with daily exercise, keep my circle of friends close around me and focus on the positive possibilities. I want to start each day with enthusiasm about “what’s next!”


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