Charlotte A. Stout

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une 8th: It’s Your Life – Own It!

Every year we have a birthday. It’s just one of those facts of life. With every birthday we decide how old we truly are through our words, actions and activities.

I know I never want to be old. I don’t view aging as growing old. Rather, I choose to see it as an opportunity to experience new things and set the bar a little higher to challenge myself. I enjoy seeing what I can achieve when I apply myself. I am not looking for the fountain of youth. I am attempting to be as active and engaged in life as possible up until the very end.

I see people every day who moan about life in general. Their knees hurt, they get winded, they don’t have the endurance, don’t have the time or, they don’t have anyone to do things with. We can find a myriad of excuses to stay home, watch television and be complacent in life. It takes courage and commitment to be fully engaged in life.

If you find it hard to do things alone there are lots of social activity groups one can find online, in the newspaper, through church or community centers, with interests ranging from book clubs to mountain climbing.

If you have physical issues that limit your activity level, find out what you can do to address those issues. Do you need to lose weight, eat better, adjust vitamin or mineral levels, get physical therapy, or just get moving? Sometimes, the only thing we need to do to improve our energy and feel better about everything is to move. Start with a walk around the block and move forward from there.

Life is meant to be enjoyed. I remember when I was on a feeding tube and wondered if I would ever again be able to enjoy normal activities. I was told by one doctor that I would NEVER get off the feeding tube and I needed to accept and live with this fact. I refused to accept that prognosis, changed doctors and pushed myself. It took a long time but I recovered.

This is your life. Don’t accept limitations. Push yourself so you can enjoy every single minute you are here. Start slow but start so you can scale a mountain, glide over a cliff, ride a camel, or bike over the Alps, if you seek adventure. Join a gym. Hike the forests. Educate yourself through lectures, museums and reading. Laugh and dance often.

This is your life – own it and love it!

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