On the other hand, you can live a life full of exciting things to do, traveling, good food, good friends, and the ability to live independently - if you choose to.
Yes, there are unknown factors that could make a difference in our choices. Factors such as an unavoidable disease, accident, or some other personal crisis, tragedy, or event could occur and you have to adjust your plan and perhaps make different choices.
The thing is, you still have choices. You can still choose to live with a disease and still be all you can be, putting in all the effort you can or you can give into the disease and whither slowly away. You can choose to let an accident ruin your life or you can deal with the effects of the accident and create the life you want.
Not only is your attitude about your health a factor in living a happy and fulfilling life, what you eat and do affects your life just as much. If you are not getting the right nutrients, enough sleep, and enough exercise, you won't feel as good as possible and you will be more susceptible to illness.
If you are sick or sleepy when you should be wide awake and energetic, then you need to change some things or find out what is causing the issue. It could be you feel bad and old because you are not taking care of yourself. Vitamins are very important to our bodies. We learned this month about nutritional yeast and how good it is for our bodies without any down side. It tastes good and is good for us. It also, provides our bodies with all the B vitamins that we need so very much.
On Fire also celebrated our 4th birthday. It's been fun to write this blog for the last four years and I am especially happy when I get a message or email from someone who took the time to let me know I helped them in some way. That makes my day.
Tonight, I went to a Grief Gathering at my church to study about how to help people who are grieving the death of a loved one. In the meeting were a few women who came to the Ladies Day last year that I spoke at. The women told me how uplifting my talk was and how they left the Ladies Day Meeting feeling happy, hopeful, and ready to live more. It made me feel really good and encouraged me to keep writing.
That make's it all worth the work.
I have always been terrified to speak in public, but for some reason this time was different for me. It was different because I lived the topic I was speaking on and I knew it frontwards and backwards. I believe in what I write here and I also believe in my readers.
My past issues with self confidence, weight, and happiness have taught me valuable lessons that I want to pass on so that maybe no one will go through them or if they do, they will be helped by what I write about. There is no reason for anyone over the age of 50 to feel old, invisible, or not valuable to society.
The Bible states clearly:
"Not that I am speaking of being in need,
for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content."
That is not an excuse to stop trying to grow, excel, or improve. What it does say is this - do not use your "lack" of something as an excuse or a reason to complain. Instead, live to the best of your ability and don't let your "lack" of anything hinder you from being happy. Don't blame your individual circumstances for your "choice" to not live a fulfilling life.
One of my favorite scriptures is this one:
"For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."
If you think something about yourself, you will live that. If you think you are too old to learn something new, then you are. If you think you are old enough to learn something new, then you will. It's that simple.
What you think, is what you become.
Henry Ford had it right when he said:
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."
Henry Ford, American Industrialist
Mr. Ford also believed in doing. Here is something he said about being what you think about:
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing,
you are right."
Henry Ford, American Industrialist
As we close out the month of October, let's remember those things we learned this month and put them into action.
Start today living the full life that God expects from us.
Think you can and you can, even with all your handicaps, illnesses, and lacking. You may have to do it differently than you would like to, but you will be doing it!
Are you doing all you can to live a full and healthy life? Have you given in to the world's negative view of aging? Do you have any experience in aging and living.