Spring brings about a lot of change in the air: The flowers begin to bloom and the pollen falls and the wind blows. As a new spring comes in, we all go through different signs of aging, we finally see the winter bulge, the white hair, or the wrinkles as the sun gets brighter. Spring comes every year, but we are never ready for it physically. Mentally, we welcome the nice weather. So what about aging makes it so different year after year? The only difference is our numerical age; everything else you have control over. At the middle age of 55, I can see how my physically body has taken a beating. I can feel it as well. First, it’s the eyes, vision isn’t as clear as it once was, but as my friend Aurelia says, “I can take care of that for you”. A regular eye exam would handle that issue and if you need glasses, they come in a variety of beautiful frames, even contact lenses are doable. Next, I noticed my knees hurting more and more they started swelling, but again, ice packs and regular exercise can take care of the knees along with nice massages. Exercising is not all that bad now; we can even do 30 minutes in the comfort of our home, or walk 30 minutes a day. Going to the fancy gym and working out hours upon hours is not a requirement.
There is one thing we can’t change, we all get older. As you get older, take a look at where you are, where you are going, and what are you doing to help the situation. Feed your brain, learn to use the computer if you haven’t already, take nature walks and enjoy the scenery. Nurture friendship and help out wherever you can. Appreciate who you are, where you’ve been and where you are going. I don’t look at aging as getting old and waiting to die; I look at aging as starting a new chapter each and every day in my life.
It’s not too late to try something new, revisit something old and experience life as you see it. It’s time for those of us passing the middle age point to live life to the fullest. Enjoy your grandchildren without raising them, enjoy your friends without envy, and experience your new youth. The younger generation needs our help in handling the issues facing us in this era; time has changed and with the middle age, it is an opportunity to educate and train the younger generation. It’s a great time to be alive and living beyond 50.