Day in and day out we help people regain some semblance of their former independence. When I find myself complaining about being tired, or sore or losing a silly kickball game, I have to take a moment to be grateful for what I do have.
I am so grateful for a strong mind, a strong body, a beautiful family, wonderful people to work with and so much more. Sometimes I forget to be grateful for the ability to simply sit on the edge of my bed, get up on my own two feet.
The men and women I work with had active, full lives. Sometimes, a lot of times, it is one accident, one fall or illness that takes them from their independence, their homes and sentences them to a life of dependence in a strange, scary place.
When I hear the young people, turning 30 complaining about getting "old" it makes me crazy. I'll be turning 60 soon and I am not old. These folks in their 80's and 90's can complain about being old, or, they can do the best they can, keep a smile and a sense of humor and enjoy life to the end.
Don't waste your youth lamenting about getting old. One day you'll wake up old and look back wishing you were 60 again. It's all about perspective. As Dr. Chrisitan Northrup says: "Getting older is inevitable, aging is optional." Keep a young spirit, stay open to new things and get older, wiser and more youthful. Fantasizing the freedom to grow old dancing.