Take Your Wake-Up Call And Run With It
It wasn’t that big of a deal. But I didn’t know that at first.
I was helping my daughter move, and I’m pretty good about moving. It’s my thing, and I’m proud of my efficiency at packing or unpacking. I can carry boxes back and forth as well as the next woman. This move should have been a piece of cake, but I wasn’t working at my normal pace. I felt lethargic and my joints ached. I hoped that my daughter wouldn’t notice, but knew she did.
I was upset because I had to assume that old age was finally creeping in. Well, as upset as I could muster the energy for.
So, I thought, this is what it feels like? How could I let this happen? I haven’t taken good enough care of myself. And now my abilities are melting away, and there’s nothing I can do to stop time from doing its damage. The more I thought about my aches, the more resigned I became to how I had blown it. I had assumed that my positive attitude would carry me through, and I’d be one of those “young” old folks. I was wrong. When I laid my head on the pillow that night, I was more tired than I’d been in a very long time.
The next morning came. It brought with it a sore throat, congestion, a nasty sounding cough – and complete relief! I am almost never sick, and I hadn’t recognized it when it crept up on me. Sick is temporary – an old body is not. I can do sick. Not so ready to do old.
As silly as it sounds, I’m grateful to have been sick. Because I also received a wake-up call.
I’m assessing what I will miss the most when old age does come calling. I’m making adjustments to avoid those problems as long as I can. It would be one thing if I had to deal with an actual disability. What angered me was that I was letting old age catch me unprepared. I took time and my health for granted. I hadn’t lived in a way that fully utilized my capabilities – and that is the definition of waste. I hate waste.
I refuse to make it worse by letting a good wake-up call go to waste. I need to pay more attention to how I spend my time.
I have things left to do before I slow down too much. I need my body to be able to do them.
I choose to take nothing for granted. I’m taking my wake-up call and I’m running with it.