Changing the Journey

by Lois Etienne on April 2, 2012

in Caregiver Support,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

I was walking out of my bank yesterday and took this picture of a tree in bloom for spring. I was then thinking about what spring means – waking up, life renewing, starting over. It’s funny that life can feel like starting over many times throughout our lives. Having gone through a divorce in the last couple of years, I feel like my life is starting over.

But what about aging in general? Every stage of life is sort of a starting over process…when we start school, when we finish school, when we take our first job, when we get married, when someone dies, when we lose our job, when we retire, when disease strikes or when our bodies just betray us and don’t work as well. What’s also interesting is how we cope with changes in our lives. Some folks fret over every detail and others move through transitions with ease.

I thank God that I’m one of those folks who can measure the impact but then accept the changes for what they are. I used to have a “Maxine” on my file cabinet … Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, “WOO HOO! What a ride!” I want to enjoy the journey, not worry about why this or that. How about you? …Happy Spring!

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