The ability to get up out of my own bed. A hot shower. A cup of tea I made in my own kitchen. A beautiful, safe, happy family. Wonderful friends.
Today I think about so many people, lost and alone not only on days like yesterday, but everyday. People who have worked their whole lives, raised children, made a life only to spend the later years in a home. Many of whom cannot even sit up on the edge of their beds without help. Cannot get to the bathroom, let alone the kitchen to brew a cup of tea.
Today, I am thankful for the opportunity to help some of these folks and hopefully make their lives a little bit brighter.
When giving thanks, remember the little things we take for granted. The freedom to walk from room to room, dress ourselves and stand at the sink to brush our teeth. As you reflect on these things, be aware, they may not always be so.
Take good care of yourself, eat right, exercise, don't smoke or drink too much. Time flies and one day the excesses of the day may land you on your back with an oxygen tank pumping air into your lungs. Diapers and call lights will be your only means of help.
The older I become, the reality sets in; those who told me it comes too fast are right. One day, I was 20, now I wake up, look in the mirror and think; how did I get this old over night. Remember, you're only 20 for a year, and so on and on the years fly by.
A cautionary note: not all these folks are in their 80's, 70's or even 60's. Our choices can put us down young or old. While we do not always have control of what happens to us, we certainly have control of contributing to it.
Fantasizing the freedom to dance in my 90's.