Saturday, May 03, 2014

Mind Over 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 something that is probably not a good thing.  Your mind is going “Are you sure you should do this”?  More often than not, the body wins 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 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 and walk as many laps as you can around the office.  In my youth I wanted to stay out late, howl at the moon, and be crazy.  Forget sleep.  Now that I am in my 60’s I can barely stay away until it’s bedtime.  I very rarely go out on a Friday night to party with my friends.  After a week of work, my body says, “There’s no way, Dude”!  I enjoyed my youth and 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 of being older.  My body is still putting up quite a fight with my mind but more often than not, the mind wins now.     

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