A darling wrote to me a few days ago asking about my age. It took me less than a second to answer her, “I don’t associate with age. Age is merely a number. In wisdom, I think my spirit is old. However, based on my joie de vivre, I know I am young.”
This is how I feel every day of my life. Just imagine for a few minutes that your birth certificate did not exist. Based on the way you feel, what age would you give yourself?
Taking Care of Our Things Defeats Chronological Age
I drive a black two-door Lexus. It is a hardtop convertible that is 20 years old. The chronological age (or actual age) does not matter. I think my car is beautiful. It was a special edition and Lexus no longer produces this model. Although it is 20 years old, it’s still in high demand. My car looks and drives like a new automobile because I take care of it.
I have a beautiful gold Cartier watch with a diamond bezel that is over 30 years old. I took it in to be checked and the gentleman behind the counter told me this style of watch has been discontinued but is in high demand. It keeps time perfectly and glimmers on the outside because I take care of it. When we take care of our things–including our bodies–age is just a number.
8 Easy Steps I Use to Take Care of Myself
Do you take care of your body? For those of you who do, please share your secrets with me. I would love to know your tips in the comments below! Here are mine:
1. Walk Whenever Possible
I walk America daily, which is a great way to get in my exercise and enjoy the wonderful outdoors at the same time.
2. Use Your Scale or Run Out and Buy One
This will help you keep a decent weight. My scale keeps me disciplined. I weigh myself daily and when I am up a few pounds, I force myself to cut back when eating and I dedicate extra time to walking. You notice I chose the word force, as we are the ones who need to take the responsibility to care for ourselves. While sometimes it can be hard for us to put on the brakes, I keep light snacks like SkinnyPop popcorn in our home to nosh on so I’m satisfied while staying healthy.
3. Become Overly Observant of the Importance of Routine Exams and Screenings
This discipline has saved my life three times. I am the opposite of a hypochondriac, therefore, I am not eager to make doctor appointments. Actually, I am afraid. Nevertheless, I force myself, darlings–and you must too.
4. Don’t Smoke
If you do smoke, I advise you to seek help and get on a path to quitting.
5. Limit Your Alcohol Consumption
If you drink alcohol, they say not more than two drinks a day or 5 ounces of wine and 1.5 ounces of liquor. I have a glass of wine or a cocktail when my ultimate concierge and I go out for dinner. However, I don’t partake in wine or cocktails at home.
6. Sleep, My Darlings!
Try to get at least seven or eight hours each night. Sadly. I have to give myself an F in the sleep department. I used to be the greatest sleeper. But recently, the wheels in my head will not stop. While I am not tired, this is not healthy for my immune system or yours if you are copying me. I don’t know what the answer is and I keep hoping this is just a phase (If you have great girlfriend advice for me, please share it in the comments!)
7. Water Washes Away Chronological Age
Drinking plain water has never been easy for me. To help me reach adequate hydration, I have a large container filled with hot water and a squeeze of a lemon wedge that I carry with me when I am home. I do enjoy sparkling water and I also eat lots of tomatoes because I read they are filled with water.
8. Take Care of Yourself The Same Way You’ve Cared For Your Children and Grands
As mothers and grandmothers we have a tendency to care for everyone around us and forget to put on our own oxygen mask! Remember that your health is important too. When you take care of your body, your mind and soul will experience a joie de vivre.
Chronological Age is Just a Number: Attitude Counts
Our minds and souls are the windows of how we interpret aging. It is all attitude, darlings. My mindset doesn’t often think about my chronological age. In other words, my actual age does not affect my daily lifestyle, a lifestyle that overflows with joie de vivre especially when I am with my ultimate concierge, my pooch America, people young and old, nature and when I am alone writing. I don’t think much about myself. Maybe that is one of the reasons I don’t think much about aging. I am too busy staying curious, experiencing new avenues, helping others and enjoying all the little things that are important to me.
Therefore, I don’t embrace the aging process or aging for that matter. Instead, I embrace life! I am still on the hunt, continuing to gain wisdom, which is a satisfying and exuberant feeling.
Life is filled with incredible moments and I take all I can from the joy this very minute of the strong wind keeping rhythm with my fingers on my keyboard to my husband sleeping beside me and my pooch on my other side, to the darkness and stillness of the night aside from the light of my computer screen and the whispers of the wind outside. I am grateful and feeling in love. Who has time to think about age?
Consider how you can reap your joie de vivre and stop thinking about your chronological age. Life is here for the taking and I suggest you take all that you can. Sit down and make a list of your dreams. Then hitch yourself to your star and soar!
What are the rules you follow to take care of your self? I’d love to learn from any life hacks you practice in the comments below!
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