Another fun filled amazing summer has passed. This year was rather auspicious for me because I turned 50! I waited till now to write about it, to allow some time of reflection upon what a half century of living has meant for me. My life has been a gift, good and bad with villains and heroes, drama/trauma and serenity/healing. What I have learned that matters most are family/friends, your health and time, and none, NONE of it should be taken for granted!
All three of these treasures can disappear in a blink of an eye! In our youth it is easy to believe that we have plenty of time, our quality of health will endure and that our family and or friends will always be around. I have been most fortunate to have wonderful people in my life, a good quality of health, and taken time to enjoy life.
At the half century mark, I feel that these treasures are truly more important than ever. I suffered a bout of “tennis elbow” in late May (sans the tennis). THE MOST PAINFUL experience of my life (and I have broken several bones). Not only was my recovery painful (lots of acupuncture, some call it dry needling, but it is also known as the correct terminology direct needling), but, I was not able to keep up with my regular gym routine of cardio and weight lifting, yoga class, and my big passion of mountain biking (thank goodness I was still able to keep up with my Tai Chi and Qi Gong practice!).
After about two months of rehabilitation, I am back in the saddle again (literally, back on my bike that is!), cautiously lifting weights and getting bendy in yoga class. BUT, what a difference a two month hiatus makes. I have gained some pounds, lost a lot of my muscle tone and strength! Not to mention the muscle soreness and fatigue from recovery seems a bit more pronounced!
That age old adage is so very true! YOU DON’T USE IT, YOU LOOSE IT!!!
Let’s be clear, I made a commitment at 48 to make sure that when I arrived at 50 I would be in the most excellent of shape! Meaning, I was staying active six days of the week! I can’t imagine how bad of shape I would be in if I had not fortified my workout routines!
There is an old saying,”the two major causes of becoming decrepit in old age is the inflexibility of the spine and the clotting of the intestinal track”. A very succinct perspective on the pillars of physical health in which I agree.
In Asheville, acupuncture, yoga, and eating farm to table is a fundamental part of life. Living in a community that values such principles is a true gift and delight when working with patients that are in tune with such values. As well as having friends living a common life style which makes gatherings even more so enjoyable!
Another insight I have gained is that even though I have lived a healthy life style, that does not mean bumps in the road of life don’t come up. We need to keep a perspective that as we get older, vitality diminishes, we must be diligent in refining diet, exercises (routines, types, and intensity), and life style in general. And, we must be diligent with self care, routine trips for acupuncture and massage can go a long way when it comes to preventive care. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
Finally, I would like to address the Morpheus in the room, “time is always against us”, as he once said. How often have you heard your self say, “wow, the summer just flew by!” “Where does the time go?” I’ll tell you where it goes, the wind! Lost to the ages, off to the land where lost socks and buttons go! Ever fleeting, time moves on, and quicker as we get older and busier with our lives. I have found that daily meditation helps clear my mind to slow things down, to be mindful of where I am, what I am doing, and how I am doing it, which allows for me to appreciate any all moments of life.
With all that said, I am starting a new tradition by reclaiming the concept of the “new years resolution”, with a slight reinvention, the NEW New Years resolution. The idea is take the new year, my new year, and see how I can make my life better, how it may improve. SO, my New New Years resolution is to entertain more, have people over to strengthen and deepen my relationships. I would love to hear how you take on the New New Years Resolution. Come in and lets have a chat!
P.S. My mother made the Spider-Man cake!!