WordPress started including writing prompts on my dashboard, and this question was interesting to me. Considering part of my identity is “The Geriatric Gymnast,” it made me think a bit about what age really has to do with the things we choose to do.
This is a tough question. I’m certainly up for trying most things (save for skydiving, which I never really had a desire to do anyway). My body is certainly stronger than when I was younger, even if it is slower and less flexible. My age just means I have to be more mindful to make smart choices I’m the new things I try.
About two years ago, I wrote a post called “Age is Just a Number.” It’s all about taking up gymnastics at 36 and how I am now approaching life as a 50-something woman. That might give a more complete perspective about this question.
So I suppose the answer to the question is “no.” There’s nothing I feel “too old” to do; I just have to weigh the pros and cons before I proceed. In the end, I find that I am more powerful, more confident, and am less afraid to say “yes” to something that I want. Like taking a pole dancing class, which I plan to try in a few weeks. (I’ll report on that later.)
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I had a big (old) birthday last year. I don’t feel old but since then I’ve had a few minor medical issues. Now previously doctors would just say oh this just happens sometimes however, I’ve had 3 different doctors tell me about different things “it’s an age thing”or “because you are getting older”. What was particularly annoying was when something had happened 5 years earlier one of these same doctors kept asking was I diabetic because the thing that happened then didn’t happen to people as young as me. What a difference 5 years makes! Good luck with the pole dancing.
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Whatever you do, keep moving. Doesn’t have to be a lot, but move every joint, get your heart rate up every day, and drink lots of water. Whenever I get sedentary, I start to feel it immediately. Not acceptable. Take care of yourself!
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