In my years of Nursing practice, I hear so many people say, “It sucks getting old, all these aches and pains.” or “You better travel and have fun now, cuz when you're old you can’t do much.” In my experience, we all have aches and pains throughout our lives. Pain has nothing to do with getting old.
I get it, You want to say “Yeah my body is telling me a different story.” Hear me out. Pain is the body's messaging system. Pain lets us know that we need to pay attention inward now. Pain lets us know that something is wrong, it is our internal alarm system. Aging has nothing to do with it.
Have you ever gone out and played in a tournament of a sport, and then the next morning felt like you’ve been hit by a Mack truck? I know I have. And I can tell you from experience that I felt the same pain at 27 that I do now when I go out and play in a softball tournament and my age has nothing to do with it.
The increased soreness has more to do with my sedentary life lifestyle than age. I had a conversation with Charlie, an older man of 76 years recently, and he told me how he has been retired for almost twenty years. The key to his good overall health is maintaining an active lifestyle. He talked to me about how his Dad retired at a young age around the early ’60s and just sat around watching TV drinking beer and eating bon bon’s.
This showed Charlie what he didn’t want for his life of retirement which was an encouragement to Charlie to live an active lifestyle and enjoy life. Charlie found things that he liked to do and did more of it. Charlie got involved volunteering and playing golf as often as he could. Sure, Charlie would have some aches and pains after playing a round of golf. No more than when he was younger playing any other sport he enjoyed.
I know people who are in their 40’s who are very old because that is how they perceive themselves to be. I’ve seen people in their 90’s loving and living an active life, who appear younger than the old acting 40-year-olds. I think that when we have youth on our side, we either don’t notice the aches and pains as much or maybe we are too proud or egotistical to admit we have any pain.
So how old do you think you are. Your chronological number really doesn’t matter. It is how you feel and what you believe that counts.
I’m Coach Jackie Thomas.
I also happen to be a Nurse in the Healthcare field. I’ve been a PSW as well.
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