Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Mind And Body

Today I am going to explain the difference between being young and being my age. When you are young your body is in charge. It wants to do all kinds of wild and crazy things that someone my age can no longer do. When you are young your mind is just along for the ride. Your body wants to do things that are probably not good for you and which may have long term effects. Your mind is going “Are you sure you want to do these things”? More often than not, the body wins the tug of war, if it's even a contest, and you do something stupid. When you are my age your body doesn’t want to do anything. By the time you are my age all those stupid things you did in your youth are catching up with you. My mind never says “Are you sure you want to do this”? My mind is now saying “YOU REALLY NEED TO DO THIS”! When the alarm goes off my body wants to stay in bed but my mind is saying “You need to get up now. It’s a work day”. When my body wants coffee and a donut on my break, my mind says, “Don’t even think about it. You need to go down downstairs and walk as many laps as you can around the perimeter of the first floor”. In my youth I wanted to stay out late, howl at the moon, and be crazy. Who needs sleep? Now that I am in my 60’s I can barely stay awake until it’s bedtime. I no longer go out on Friday nights partying with my friends. After a week of work, my body says, “There’s no way, Dude”! I enjoyed my youth and I am glad I survived it. Getting older, however, is not all bad. I like my age. I like my slower pace. Yes, I do miss the energy of youth but I also enjoy the contentment I have found as an older person. My body is putting up quite a fight with my mind but more often than not, the mind wins now.

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