If you are just allowing aging to happen and not paying attention, then there could be rough roads ahead. Everyone hits a few bumps along life’s way, but those bumps can become more difficult if we are not consciously preparing for them. Up until we reach the age of fifty the majority of people don’t pay much attention to the aging process. Sure they went through their twenties trying to figure out what to do with their life as they got older but gave little thought to how they would do it while aging. Some reached an awakening in their thirties, but that was mostly related to the choice of career over a family and their biological clocks. And while the timing of that clock it appears to be longer than previously thought, the choice of having a family did not. So between the ages of thirty and forty, the focus was more on what was going on in their lives than their actual life.
With fifty either on the horizon or having already arrived the focus changed to aging. How will we age, how will aging affect our lifestyle, what will aging do to us physically, and what are the signed of aging? The thoughts about our age and the aging process now become more prevalent. If we have spent the last 50 years, just aging and if we have let life have its way with us until now, we may have a lot to do in order for us to age well.
One of the bumps in the road when it comes to aging is our health. If we are lucky, those bumps will have been minor ones if not then the toll aging has taken on our health will now become more difficult to come over. Whatever the bumps are, if we now turn our attention to aging consciously we can change how we will live the rest of our lives.
Simply letting age just happen serves no one. The difference between just aging and aging consciously is determination. That determination it what gives us the resolve and fortitude to make the changes necessary in order for us to live happier, healthier and longer lives.
There is a saying that I think can help us all as we move forward on this aging journey –
Start where you are, do what you can, with what you have.
Being conscious about aging in the context of “start where you are”, means to determine what your current state of health is. To know that requires you need to get it checked out.
It should be remembered that a simple health check will not solve all the issues. We often do things almost without thinking that over the longer term have a negative effect on aging. Here is another chart that visually shows the effects some of our common habits have on our health. Click here to view the chart.
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