More Of This And Less Of That . . . We’d Likely Live Longer.

The last while I have found myself fixated on getting older. Now this isn’t new for many but it is for me because I have now reached a place that I never thought I would get to. I am now moving toward being as old as my grandparents were when I knew them. For that matter I was never going to be as old as my parents but I passed them by recently. Frankly I don’t like getting older much, at all, but one has to face the inevitable and we can either fight it and deny it or we can try to accept it as part of life. So I made an executive decision which was that I would try to embrace it as a part of my life cycle–enjoy my granddaughter and my children, pay less attention to convention and thank the the good Lord for a life that, to this point has been pretty darn good all things considered.

BUT–then I got thinking about what might happen to all the other folks who aren’t quite at that age when leaving the planet begins to creep into momentary daily thoughts, feelings and even some regrets. It really does come down to lifestyle decisions and how we want to spend the reminder of our time here. What I now consider important and actually some of the things that I had considered important mean very little now. Simplicity is more the goal. Pleasure with the basics.  I have come up with a few items that ALL of us could or need to consider when plotting our next few years. Why should it just be those in the twilight of their lives who benefit from this list when everyone could benefit from it.

7 Tips for living longer and healthier lives: 

1. We live longer now than at any other time in our existence –‘why’? It certainly isn’t because we eat better or the environment is healthier. Perhaps it is because we have access to better drugs-pharmaceuticals. Today’s meds keep us ticking longer because they are more effective at symptom management than ever before. So if I eat as healthy as I can and manage my stress and my stressors (the real killers) my hope is that I will need less pharmaceuticals. If I can use fewer drugs of any kind perhaps I can last longer and in better health.

2. Stay away from ‘fast’ foods. Big pharma loves it when we eat them–health care systems not so much. Pay attention to what goes in and indulge in ‘off the list’ stuff every once in a while. It’s good for you regardless of what they say. A step out of bounds periodically helps to reduce the stress of trying to stay away from them. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

3. Get rid of toxic people. This is good advice for all folks. I’m speaking about those who are ALWAYS negative, complaining, bitching about this and that–those who find it difficult to see any good in anything. What do they bring to the relationship? I just don’t have time to indulge ‘downer’ people around me.

4. Stop measuring the state of your life by the numbers you see. Bank account balances, ages, waist lines and body weight. So you don’t wear a size 8 dress or where a pair of 34 inch jeans now and you are 10-15 lbs. over the limit. Does anyone but you really care anyway? It’s time to judge the world and your quality of life by what you give back to it  and not what you can no longer take from it.

5. Don’t listen to people who say you need to act your age. I have not been this age before so how am I supposed to act? I still love riding my motorcycle, for instance, and I’m no ‘puppy’ anymore. I refuse to let other people tell me what I should and should not be doing just because they can’t or because they have no more life left in them. If they are happy in the rocker they’ll get no criticism from me but I won’t be sitting beside them for any length of time.

6. Be sure to watch a good movie at least once a week. Not the crap they put out and call entertainment but a good movie with actual dialogue, little or no profanity and a plot line that makes you think. Toss in a good comedy with real comedians who know their craft.

7. Limit your interaction with technology. Cell phones, smart phones, tablets–leave them at home at least once or twice a week. You can do it–you’ll be surprised. We have become far too dependent on them. I get using them but let’s decide not to be held prisoner by a bell or a chime that says ‘you have got mail.’ They are supposed to work for us and not the other way round. We don’t need them to survive-never have and, who knows, maybe we will learn how to communicate on a personal level again. Person to person is always best and it feels good and whatever feels good can’t be bad for our health-at least not in my world.

There are many other things we can do to live longer but try these first to see how it feels. Remember the image attached to the article–I wonder what grandma is thinking about now

Anyways, that’s how I see it–all the best, Jim

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