Here are a few things that I feel are important and worth my time (just a few and not in order of importance):
⦁ The sunshine coming through my dining room window and falling on my houseplants. It's beautiful. Take time to enjoy the small things in life.
⦁ Wearing makeup. No matter how old we should take care of our appearance. My great grandmother lived to be 99 and half (she really wanted to make it to 100), and everyday, no matter how she felt when she got up in the morning, she put on make-up, fixed her hair, and got dressed appropriately for the day's activities. She told me one time that after she got up and put herself together, she felt a whole lot better. Good lesson!
⦁ A good cup of tea in the morning while holding my dog and getting love from her. I love my little rat terrier. She always pushes her way into my lap and makes me feel so loved. She is my one true friend who never puts demands on me (except to be fed and go out to pee/poop, ha ha)
⦁ Writing my morning pages. A good brain dump is excellent for starting the day. It releases all those things that are bothering me and allows my mind to be filled with the things of the current day. I can always handle things better after I write all my thoughts down every morning.
⦁ A nice walk outside. It can be in my own yard, at the local park, down the road in front of my house, or anyplace that takes me outside where the grass and trees are. Open air is a good thing and moving your body will keep your body healthy.
⦁ Writing my blog. I love this! I love the people who read my blog and I feel good when I know I have helped someone over 50 feel better about life - about their life.
⦁ Reading a good book. This is as good as taking a vacation. My mind goes whereever the book takes me and I forget time sometimes.
⦁ Learning something new. It can be through a class at the local community college (they offer free continuing education classes and some low cost ones, too), listening to a podcast (also free), watching a YouTube video (also free), signing up and watching a free webinar, or reading a book and learning a new skill.
⦁ Talking to my friends and family. I try to connect with someone every day. It may be only one person or it may be several. I have learned that staying connected to other people is very important to feeling good and feeling loved.
⦁ Feeling sorrow when I have lost someone close to me, but then realize that it is a fate we all must face. This causes me to be thankful for my life and also for my God, knowing that when that time comes, I will not be alone...God will be with me.
There are a lot of things that are worth our time and attention. Trying to look like we are still in our 30s is not realistic and is a waste of time. Trying to look the best we can at the age we are is uplifting and makes us feel good. Trying to outrun old age is a waste of time, making the most of the time we have left is a blessing.
No matter how old we are, there is still a lot we can do and should want to do. We should be so lucky as to die doing something we love instead of dying lying on the sofa depressed.
Our life is not over until we take our last breath...
I want a life that takes that breath away!
The older you get do you find that your priorities have changed? Are you chasing the fountain of youth or living the life of adventure at any age? Do you get up every morning and 'put yourself together' before you start your day?