How does the saying go? Is it "you are as young as you feel?" or "Act your age?" or "Age doesn't matter?" I am not sure which one applies to me today. Do I act my age? Most of the time, in fact maybe too often. I find that with the grandchildren I am more apt to just dance for the sheer silliness and fun of it. I don't remember getting silly that often with my own kids. In fact, sometimes when they watch me with the grandchildren I hear them say to each other that they don't remember me being that fun. I prefer to believe that their memories are jaded by the discipline that was often mixed in with the fun. But anyway, there are many times when the grandchildren and I will bust into song and dance in the kitchen or living room and my suddenly mature children just shake their heads. Now that I think of it, there were a lot of times with my own kids when I would sing and dance in the car and they would beg me to stop before one of their friends saw me!
Age doesn't matter? Very often it doesn't unless you want to purchase an alcoholic beverage or get into an R-rated movie. For the most part, you can do anything you want at any time in your life. I specifically remember a grandmother graduating from college with me. It is never too late to take a class, or learn something new or try something that you have never done before. I have never been a really adventurous person. Last summer the whole gang of us went white water rafting! It was amazing and by the way it is now off my bucket list!
You are as young as you feel. My gang keeps me pretty young! They certainly do not let me sit around. "Pook" keeps me active with an exercise program that he is designing for me. The girls have taught me how to run over the past decade or so. As a kid, I was always the one who could maybe run half a block before getting a cramp in my side. Running was not my thing, but I took on a challenge and learned. I met my goal of completing a Marathon before I turned 50. I have now completed three. The kids get me out doing crazy things like "Tough Mudder". I cannot imagine what I looked like being shoved over a wall by "The Ninja". I am proud to say that I finished it, with a lot of help and skipping a few obstacles. Tonight a seven of us (family and friends) did a workout in support of breast cancer awareness. It included a four laps on a track and four sets of the following: 10 push ups, 20 lunges, 30 jumping jacks, 40 toe raises, and 50 sit ups. If that doesn't keep you young, it will certainly kill you. I love being active and doing these kinds of things with the kids!
If you believe you are old, then you will be old. Be active when you are young and stay active as the years go on. It is a great way to be a positive role model for your kids and stay healthy as well. You might just get some kicks and giggles out of it too! We do. An ice cream cone at the end never hurts either!
Wife, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Nurse, Grandmother, Friend...that's me in a nutshell!