So many people are clamoring to get the best spot. They say this is once in a lifetime! I’m thinking that many of us have missed so many once in a lifetime that one more can’t hurt. You can’t miss what you never had, or so they say. So I guess those of us that won’t get to see it won’t miss seeing it.
But for those that can watch the eclipse, it pays to learn the rules. Yes, there are safety rules!
Here is what I learned in one short google search on the space site:
During totality, when the sun’s disk is completely covered by the moon, it is safe to view the eclipse with the naked eye. But skywatchers should NEVER look at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection. Looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage or blindness. See our complete guide to find out how to view the eclipse safely.
If you are like me and nowhere near it, you can check out this interactive map to track its path here:
Life and living are not mutually exclusive, both require your interaction.
Having that much time on your hands means there are no real holidays. What are long weekends, who needs them? Not you!
Sure there will be important dates to look forward to, but unless you have a huge family, filled with relatives, your own kids, lots of grandkids or even great grandkids, you are pretty much on your own. Yes there are provincial, state, and federal holidays observed as well religious holidays, but these no longer have the significance they had while you were working. You were just happy to have the day off, the good news is that now you can appreciate them for their true meaning. That being said even the 30+ holidays in some places are going to leave you with a lot of time to fill.
So what are you going to do? What will get you up in the morning? What will keep you engaged until it is time to go to bed at night? Television doesn’t even offer as much relief as it did when we younger. Just how many reruns of the day or night time drama or comedy programs can you really watch? Unless of course, it is these reruns are you sleeping aids.
Do you remember that Fleetwood Mac’s song – don’t stop thinking about tomorrow, it’ll soon be here? Well, that can be a good thought or a bad one depending up what you have planned for tomorrow. The message was that it will better than tomorrow.
If this is a concern for you, then there is GREAT news ahead. I know it was a huge concern for me and I saw it in action as I watch my sister and my brother lose hope and interest in life. They both died in their 70s. Why, what happened, you might ask? And while my sister (78) died of cancer it was one of the most treatable types, my brother died for no apparent reason He was seen at breakfast in the lodge and was said to be looking just fine, but missed lunch and someone found him later in his room, dead at 76. Why did they die so young when our grandmother lived until she was 101, and our mother until she was 93? My point is I believe neither had to die so young and yes today dying in your 70s is dying young. But I think I have the answer to that question, too late for them but not for you or even me.
But the answer for that will come in another post along with some more rationale as to why – don’t stop thinking about tomorrow, it’ll soon be here – is a good thing. Tomorrow can be better!
When we were young the challenges of growing up seemed devastating. We would have a fight with a friend and our social life was ended! We broke up with a boy or girlfriend and our life was over! Or so we thought.
Getting older requires us to be a little more in tune to what events impact out lives. Letting the little things constantly get you down may have them growing into huge mountains that can’t be climbed especially when as the saying goes we are already over the hill.
It is true that we often make mountains out of molehills and that is why it is important for us to see everyday challenges for what they really are. Most are simply an inconvenience that disrupts our day and should be treated as such. Worry and anxiety can lead to imaginary problems, these can lead to fears that negatively affect our zest for living.
Challenges can turn into real problems
If left unchecked some of those fears can turn into real problems. To outsiders these are irrational and they start to become concerned about our ability to manage our lives. Family members may view them as unfounded and unreasonable concerns that set off their alarm bells. Those bells have others concerned for our safety and well-being.
I recall a friend whose husband traveled to the middle east for work and while the location didn’t worry her, being on her own did. Every time he left she became fearful of driving even though when he was home she had no problem doing so. Then she became fearful of being alone, although she was frequently alone when he was working at home. Eventually, it took such a toll on him that he refused the overseas assignment, which had been financially lucrative.
On the flip side another acquaintance, who once loved to go out with friends and entertain, split from her partner and her view of life changed. She became suspicious of people, felt her work colleagues had turned against and no longer accepted invitations or gave dinner parties. When asked what was wrong and how they could supporter her she challenged their true intentions so often that they eventually gave up calling.
Both of these could be extreme circumstances and I am not educated enough in the matter to make any diagnosis. My point here to remind us that we should examine our own life challenges to ensure we are not overreacting to the point at which we lose our zest for living. By doing so we are keeping ourselves on the path to Conscious Aging that leads to the road of living well, living happily and living long.