Aging

Ok I’m aging. Yep, I’m 69 and noticing changes in my body and energy levels. Ahhh, how to be at peace with the aging process…

So Tom hands me $50 in cash before we leave to go to the beach. On the drive there I want to stop for a bagel and notice I have no cash. “I gave you $50 yesterday Mary.” “Where and when Tom? “ I say.

“In the dining room, you were packing and you said thank you.” “ I did not.” I say.

Wow this was scarey for me as I absolutely did not remember what I did with the money.

Then, we are biking and i remember my chiropractor had told me I was longer on my right side. I told her well I glide on my bike on that side and rarely the left.

She encouraged me to start using my left side more actively to balance myself.

Soooo, while I am biking in Assateague I decide to mount my bike from the left side in the way back to the car. It was bizarre! I could not control my body, balance and push off with my left foot – I had no control of my muscles!!! Perplexed I stopped a few times and tried again over and over and sure enough it started to come back.

Damn, I realized our bodies are on autopilot most of the time. We can adjust if we pay attention.

I’m learning how to attend to my thoughts and physical activity better.

My PT has me doing “postural exercises” now and they are very effectively reducing the pain in my neck. I have degenerative disease.

I’m grateful to be alive.

Realizing that self-care is really important. Especially as we get older.

Tom found the money when we got home.

I had put it in the pocket of my sweater coat.😊

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