If it has not already happened to you, you need to get mentally prepared. At some point along your Encore Voyage this WILL happen to you. It will come as a shock. You will not expect it to happen. It will cause concern – nay, even some distress.
The events that happen occur at different ages, and under a wide variety of circumstances, but will look something like this:
You get down on the floor to fetch dog’s ball which has rolled under the sofa, and YOU CAN’T GET UP!
You do a modest amount of yard work, perhaps pulling weeds, and the next morning, your lower back screams, “WHAT THE HELL HAVE YOU DONE!?”
You are on a ski hill, all set to enjoy a beautiful run through the cedar trees, and suddenly, you’re sucking wind, and you find yourself thinking, “GOOD LORD, PLEASE LET ME MAKE IT TO THE LODGE!”
And you find yourself questioning life:
When did it happen that I can no longer do 10 pushups? Or 5…Or 1?
When did it become a problem to park too far away from an event?
When did it become impossible to stand on one foot to put on my jammies?
When did picking up a dropped item from the floor BECOME AN EVENT???
Sadly, this phenomenon happens to each of us eventually. And then, the real question becomes:
Yes, while we know that none of us gets out of this life alive, we have considerable control of how we react to the changes along the way. A brisk walk here, a yoga class there, and lots of healthy eating in the middle certainly will help to fend off at least a part of the aging process. Surely it must be helpful to attempt as many activities as possible that will help me to stay active, vibrant and healthy. A fellow blogger recently posted that
“Attitude is the difference
between an ordeal and an adventure.”
I, for one, am planning on fighting like crazy so that I can continue having adventures without too many ordeals! How about you??? Are you planning to Cowboy Up?