"The trick is to die young, as late as possible."
- Ashley Montagu
I know that the time will pass, no matter how I choose to spend it. I want to live my life passionately, not take myself too seriously yet use my brain to be self-aware and present. To take care of my body so that when I am older I will be an active participant in this thing called my life. Aging is inevitable, but are there things I can do now to stay young?
When my children are all out of the house I will be in my mid-50s. I imagine myself a vibrant, energetic, open-minded and joyful person - then and beyond. Still a work in progress, still striving to improve myself and still looking for adventure. In my 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s...I hope to be able to stand at the starting line of a race and test my limits, enjoy feeling alive and celebrate all of life's blessings. I want to be the youngest old lady you will ever meet.
The choices we make today, the habits we create for ourselves ... they matter. Running has become an outlet for me and a way in which I strengthen my body, my mind and my spirit. I believe it is a key ingredient in my personal recipe of what it will take for me to live a youthful, long life. Running is my movement, it keeps things within me fluid. Without it I fear I shall go stiff and harden (both inside and out) ... be grumpy and stagnant. I can't worry about the future for I don't know what lies ahead. I can only live in this moment and live it to its fullest. But I believe that when my life includes regular running I am doing something good for myself, somehow tapping into the fountain of youth ... somehow increasing my chances of dying young as many years from now as humanly possible.