I was observing my kitty as she was jumping off the hood of my car. She very carefully put one paw down as she stepped slowly down. In days gone by, she would have just jumped down and been thru with it. Comparing myself to her, I realize that I too have to be careful when I make steps now. I’m not jumping off cars, but I step from my kitchen into the garage. For some reason instead of stepping on the steps to get out, I’ll step on the metal strip and almost fall. There are so many things popping up as I’ve reached the ripe old age of 67. I can still walk 4-5 miles as day. I can remember when my mother was alive, she would be sitting and talking when all of a sudden she would go, “Owww!” My oldest sister would ask what’s wrong? She would say a pain just hit her. We would think, could it have hurt that bad to cause such an outburst? Now, fast forward to present day. Yes. Yes it can cause such an outburst. Aches and pains like never before. I’m not sure what’s worse. When I get up in the morning, I make sure I have my bearing because if I don’t I might stumble all the way to the bathroom. I have to make sure my legs are going to work. Once I get going, I’m alright. There are no easy remedies or solutions except to keep moving. I have a friend that’s always complaining about how everything on her hurts. The mind is a battlefield. And she is constantly sending messages to her body of a negative nature. She wants to park in the handicap parking slot and advised me to do the same. We both have stickers. But I told her I won’t do it unless I absolutely have to. I want to use my legs and arms as long as I can no matter how much they ache. Some days are better than others. Being outside has its benefits. I can stay outside in the sun most of the day and feel so much energy coming from the sun. That’s a boost from nature.
I want to grow old gracefully, having no regrets about how I lived my life. That all of the people I encountered during life’s journey, remember me with fond memories. I want to be happy in the skin I’m in. Not trying to be who I am not. I like being resourceful. Using what’s in me to make changes for the better. Treating others the way you want to be treated. I have learned that isn’t always the case. In spite of those situations, one still has to live with themselves. Be right and do right. Things and stuff are temporary. Practicing what I preach. Young people need to know that they won’t be young forever, that time brings about changes. As we live from day to day, we must take care of ourselves. My cat has had an easy life but even so, things tend to wear down. As she races around the room in one of her energetic moments, the day will come when she won’t be able to do that. Just as I won’t be walking 4-5 miles a day. But the days that I can, I will.