When looking around my home which was probably built around 1920, you would notice the walls are not perfect, as a matter of fact, there are many flaws but it adds to the character and charm of this place I call home.
It’s kind of like me. This past January when I turned 53, I noticed the fine lines increasing around my eyes. One of my very vocal grandsons had his hand in mine about a week after that while all six of us sat on my couch watching a movie together. There are five grandchildren in this family. He touched my hands then pulled the skin because that is just where I am in life. He looked at me, put his hands on my face and said, “your growing older grandma.” I laughed because yes, I am. Let’s just be real, my marketing gal, who I love said, “we need to use younger hands in our photographs, I hope you’re ok with that.” Yes, I am, it is true what can I say? And I don’t care which is even better.
While continuing on my life journey, I want to live life. For me personally, I love getting up early, when I wake up, I can’t wait for the day to start. I don’t think, gosh do I have to get up or work. I have watched someone close to me, my husband, die pretty young so I treasure and cherish each day.
I attended an incredible cycling camp this past March. I want to be a better cyclist so I spent my vacation training and climbing Mt. Figueroa and meeting my 2017 goal of cycling my first Century which is 100 miles in one day. I am so glad I did but sometimes you get stuck in the mud and your support, my awesome coach, Julia, helps get the dirt out of your shoe so you can clip back in.
There was a panel where they had some of the coaches available to us in order to ask questions. I asked Chris Carmichael, who started and currently heads this successful program and one I highly recommend, he himself is 56 and in excellent condition, what about aging and cycling? He promptly replied, “no excuses, it helps you age and it is in your mind and that half the battle is right there, in your mind.” He said age is a state of mind. He was right! He was very serious and I took it that way. I am 53 and probably in the best shape health wise and fit. Although I have always worked out, now I understand why it is important to be healthy and fit as I age. Some of my children were a little stressed when I started cycling but now they have learned to inspire and encourage me.
I am beginning to realize age is just a number. I watched this video of Ernestine Sheperd who completely inspired me, so hopefully, it will inspire you.