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Thursday, September 03, 2015

I often joke that my body ages through the processes of erosion (wrinkles) and sedimentation (sagging). And I joke easily because I have wrinkles, but not a lot (yet!), and there is some sagging, but not a lot (yet!).

But this morning as I was meditating during my shower, I thought about my body being in its sixth decade. Up until this morning I had been thinking in the past - that my body is five decades old. But this morning I looked toward the future - that my body is in its sixth decade. And yes, I know they are the same thing, but the latter sounds older and more precarious, somehow. And I was struck by the simple thought, that I already *know* but somehow it seemed more urgent this morning, and that is that my body is getting *old*, and I need to work harder to take good care of it. You know, what with the sixth decade thing and all.

And then, because I brought lots of work home and will probably be done about 4 am, of course I won't actually get around to taking better care of this deteriorating body until tomorrow. In the meantime, lots of water, stay away from snacks, until I get these chores done!
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    I'm with ya, Bemused! Been catching glimpses of my unprepared face in public mirrors (at home, I always prepare myself by smiling, which is a natural, momentary facelift). It's a little shocking to see the truth! And to FEEL the truth more and more often in my muscles and joints!

    But you are right that we have a choice. I was just thinking about this yesterday (and the day before yesterday), as I endured the torture of a 30-hour trip (lots of delays and other trouble). My body can't take all this any more. But then I thought that, even though I can never recover my spritely former self, I can do better with what I have. If I ever plan this kind of trip again, I'm going to strengthen my back muscles and make sure my weight is reduced before subjecting myself to that arduous journey. We have options. As long as we have bodies and (relatively) undamaged brains, we can do our best to optimize our condition. Onward to the seventh decade! We're in this together, my dear!
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    It's true that being healthy is important the older you get. We end up with the signs, your body rejecting things that it used to handle. I remember being able to eat spicy foods and now I get heartburn. I remember drinking alcohol and waking up fine, now I get headaches. Guess I'm glad I enjoyed my 20's!
    2056 days ago
    Me too, in the 6th decade. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, ha ha. Being in your 50's sounds bad enough but in the 6th decade??? Owwww.......I agree, I need to step it up and get this body in shape. It's been through a lot. :) --Pam
    2056 days ago
    I'm 65, I totally understand. I rale against infirmity and it seems I need to take harder!
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