Next month I’ll turn 58. Holy f*cking crap, I can hardly believe that I’m this mature. 😎 In reality, we don’t age at all on the inside, only on the outside. And believe me, the outside ages a lot. But on the inside, I’m still that kid who was content to walk by himself to and from school and generally shied away from crowds and noisy places in favor of the solitary and quiet ones. I guess it’s no surprise I turned out to be a writer after trying half a dozen other professions.
One of the habits I have is taking a lot of selfies…which is now actually a word in the OED. Some call me a narcissist but I don’t care. I’m the only model I have access to (and I use the term model with a lot of poetic license). I take selfies because they document the process of aging and because photography via my iPhone 6S Plus is a hobby. In the absence of being a celebrity who is trailed by the paparazzi, my children and grandchildren will at least have the photos I share online and on our Mac-based family photo sharing folders to remember me by.
I’ve never been afraid to age or even look my age. I really don’t have a clue if I look 58 or not… I mean, what does a number look like anyway? It doesn’t matter to me anyway. I remember when I was a kid actually wanting to look older…remember those days? I think we all experienced them.
You’re Never Too Old for Big Changes
I like setting goals and changing things up in my life. Each year about this time I start thinking of ways to improve my life and how to go about making my goals realities. A look back reveals some of the changes in my life that have come about setting goals and working toward them.
- Five years ago I decided to start riding motorcycles after a thirty-year gap. Now I have two BMW bikes that are my main mode of transportation, an M1 endorsement from the DMV, completed an MSF Rider Safety Course, and have taken a few solo tours and group rides around the southwest and within California.
- Two years ago I decided, after a layoff, to never again to have a traditional job and be at the mercy of a money-conscious corporation. Now I support myself as a consultant and author.
- I also decided, at about the same time, to become vegetarian. I just figured it was time to stop consuming animals and contributing to their controlled and often cruel breeding. My cholesterol is now back within normal limits and my physician is happy with me for the first time in a long time.
New Changes for Next Year
This year I’ve decided on two additional changes that really need to be at the forefront of my daily life.
- Yoga + Meditation Practice – The Kevlar Combo is what I once called it. I already have a meditation practice but in the past, when I’ve experimented with yoga and meditation in succession I was amazed at the results. I experienced a depth of concentration in both activities and a greater sense of serenity. (Serenity Now!) I’ve also experimented with yoga in a studio (which I didn’t like too much) and in my home with an instructional DVD (and liked it much better).
- Strength Training – I’ve spent the better part of a year now watching my 84 year-old father deteriorate to a scrawny, sinewy old man with poor balance and a predominance of skin bruises (ecchymosis for you medical types). About ten years ago I gave him some dumbbells and tried to encourage him to use them to maintain some muscle tone. He wasn’t interested and still isn’t, though I doubt he could do much with them now. I want something different for my life. I want to maintain as much physical and mental strength as humanly possible. I work out regularly with my own set of dumbbells but I feel I need to develop more overall body strength.
So, as my 58th birthday approaches in November, these are the new additions to my daily life that I’ll be working on. I have other goals as well. I’ll be sharing those later in the year when I’ll be offering a special workshop on using your Bullet Journal to create personal change in your life.
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