On Thanksgiving day we went to the park to get out of the house. We (Cody, sister, brother, mom, and soon-to-be-brother-in-law) began throwing a Frisbee back and forth. Eventually we decided to have someone in the middle to try and intercept the Frisbee, just to make things more interesting. At one point it was my turn to be in the middle. The Frisbee was thrown to Cody and I ran full speed towards him. As I was running, Cody slipped and fell; I tripped over him, landed on his head and on my hand (which was pointed the wrong direction on impact) and my face. I laid in pain for some time, loudly complaining about my hand and my out-of-place jaw. During all the fun and games, I had got hurt. Everyone was laughing (as I would have been if it had been someone else). I walked home feeling more than pain from severely jammed fingers and a sore jaw, I felt OLD. I really think I would have been able to stay on my feet in the old days, but now I fall to the ground like a sack of potatoes. It was a sad realization and I mourned for my youthful, athletic body. I still have the aggressive, competitive spirit, but my feet lag behind. I wish my body were as active as my mind. This disconnect between the breakdown of my body and the acceleration of my mind makes me feel old. (The breakdown of my mind and the acceleration of my body was what made me feel young!;) I am not complaining (people older than me would scoff), but it is the first time I have felt this. Needless to say it wasn’t my November birthday that reminded me of my aging; it was my aching hand and jaw.
So, now that I feel old, I am determined to stay young at heart. To fulfill this goal, I intend to keep learning. I am about to finish my Masters degree, and I love that I am old enough/ mature enough to realize that this ending is actually an exciting beginning. When I graduated from BYU-Idaho six years ago I thought I was finished, but now I have a very long list of things I want to learn about ahead of me.
Another way I am going to stay young at heart is to take advice from my wise husband more often. He has a graceful way of facing adversity. I tend to take the stressed-sleep-deprived-manic route and he takes the smile-and-find-something-happy-to-celebrate route. I think you know what I mean…those of you that tend to put more pressure on yourself than anyone else. Anyways, stressing out about everything will make me old a lot faster and hanging out with Cody will keep me young. Cody seriously loved owning a Volkswagen van because its top speed was 60 miles per hour. He said he couldn’t go anywhere in a hurry and it was great. He enjoyed getting thumbs up from other drivers and never mentions people flipping him off because he was going so slow. It is very hard to imagine myself with a bandanna around my forehead, singing out loud to The Best of Bread (I actually really like their music) and cruising the Pacific Coastal Highway with Cody, but I am sure it would help me feel young again. =)
The most beautiful, graceful people I know are young at heart. So, if you feel old, write your list of ways to stay young and stick to it. If you have any good ideas, pass them on to me. 😉
Disclaimer: If you are actually young, enjoy every minute of it.