I have always loved gardening and working in my flowers. It's something about digging in the dirt that is relaxing and gratifying. However, I find this enjoyment is becoming more of a task of late (note before and after pictures below). Well, maybe I should clarify this isn't something of late, but a realization I have noticed over the past year or so. It unfortunately has to do with....and I whisper in a small, still voice "age." I've never been a person who knows the meaning of slow down. In fact, I could clean my entire house; four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and all the trimmings in one day and still have enough energy to mow the lawn with a push mower! Yep, that's me...unstoppable! I would continue with soccer practice carpools until it was time for bed and fall to sleep in minutes getting ready for another day!
But as time as pushed forward there are now achy bones, sore muscles and the growing mindset if I don't enjoy it anymore, I'm done with it, so call in the recruits, dial up the lawn boys while I hit the gym. Getting older is actually more fun when you adopt a mentality of "just call someone else to do it." Of course you might soon find yourself at the door of a box store saying, "Welcome to Walmart" due to the extra expenses that weren't tallied in the budget before Medicare and Social Security were your mainstays, but who knows? Maybe you'll find yourself on a bowling league with your Walmart buddies if your elbows can deal with the weight of the bowling ball. Bottom line, my fellow aging friends, enjoy the life you have because none of us know what's around the bend. Be happy for the activities and hobbies we enjoyed and investigate new possibilities. I'm sprinting and body pumping at the Y these days and hubby and I are looking into a line dancing class. You gotta keep moving!