March 24, 2022 – Aging Gracefully : Now at 71, Another Perspective on Our Younger Selves ♥️

Adan & Max, aging gracefully at Butler Park early 2022 ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Adan & Max, aging gracefully at Butler Park early 2022 ©Felipe Adan Lerma

I started this blog on WordPress in early 2011, with a focus on yoga and aging gracefully —

Adan & Max, aging gracefully at Butler Park early 2022 ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Adan & Max, aging gracefully at Butler Park early 2022 ©Felipe Adan Lerma

I’ve maintained a semblance of the former ( yoga ) and a recurrent theme of the latter ( aging gracefully ) – enough so, it’s one of my most used, ie, “useful” tags to search through for what dominates my site — a useful tool here on WP I’d say 😊

View of my search page for "Aging Gracefully" showing my top "tags" on my site ©Felipe Adan Lerma
View of my search page for “Aging Gracefully” showing my top “tags” on my site ©Felipe Adan Lerma

In late December 2020, I posted that my 2011 blog post, with my poem, Aging Gracefully, was one of my 5 most read posts of 2020! That it has a video of one of my younger selves, though only slightly younger than now, barely a decade, I think really helped it be so 😊 ❤️

Video Still for poem reading of "Aging Gracefully" ©Felipe Adan Lerma https://felipeadanlerma.com/2011/09/28/aging-gracefully-original-inspirational-poetry/
Video Still for poem reading of “Aging Gracefully” ©Felipe Adan Lerma https://felipeadanlerma.com/2011/09/28/aging-gracefully-original-inspirational-poetry/

So what’s the point of all this, all these pictures and captions – where’s the perspective part in the title?

Well, I’m reaching another one of those inflection points where I won’t ( haven’t ) been able to exercise like I’d like ( still working on a planter fasciitis problem hobbling my walking & standing exercises ) – looking at possible major sinus and air passage way reconstruction in a couple of months – need to work on our taxes – need to keep painting – need down time – and need to see / be family a bit more.

So, to make a bit more time for all the above, yet also post like I’d like on my blog, it’s “generally” a little easier to yak about something related to Aging Gracefully, which is pretty much everything I do, lol! But – without having to format & load and explain so much about my art. And, I can throw in a few more reblogs which I really miss doing when I’m yakking so much ’bout my own work – and – it also gives me more time think about what the heck my art is doing – to and for me 🙏

So what is the perspective part that’s in my blog title?

Other day, Sheila and I were doing one of SilverSneakers Live 15 minute segments, either a strength or stretch, can’t remember which, and the instructor mentioned she had 3 children, one graduated from college and another graduating soon. Sheila remarked she didn’t look like she was old enough to have children that old. I agreed, then said, “I think I was 38 when my oldest was 20, so she could be that young & have kids that around that age.” She says, “Oh, yeah.”

It’s a thing. Perspective. We didn’t get taken much seriously by that many people, for whatever we were doing, including raising families, when we were that age. Remembering that gives us perspective. And we, us oldies, can give those seemingly much younger than ourselves, their due. And in turn, give ourselves our own due, for what we did, in our time. Only fair we include ourselves. I think we tried doing that, even when we were that age, less than 1/2 our current age, giving those really young ones – 18, early teens, children – like we were once, and still remembered more clearly.

Perspective. Kinda a reminder to myself to try and keep that – perspective ☺️

Stay well everyone! Generous in spirit to oneself, and others! 💕

Adan

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5 comments

  1. I hear you, Adan, it’s always a good idea to take a step back and look at things from different perspectives, you might find something important! I absolutely love the photo of you and Max on the swings! Have a great weekend aging gracefully!

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    • Thanks, Tiffany! We’d thought we take him there today ( Friday ) after school but he just wanted to head back to our place ❤️ Gonna try and have a post on that tomorrow; had wanted to work on it tonight, but just too tired – we had a very full day at grandma & grandpa’s “pad” lol! 😊

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  2. […] polyptychs will provide part of the answer to that, lol!I’m blasting along best I can before several time periods I know I’ll be less able to produce as fully as I can right now. And I will eventually catch […]

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  3. LOVE THIS!! The pix are great! And yes – perspective! It’s critical for life, esp as we get older. Oh! ((((hugs)))) for the physical challenges. Totally understood. My walking-without-worrying-about-falling-over days are over. Take care…I look forward to seeing whatever you post!! 🥰👋

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    • Thank you so much, Robin – you’ve bolstered me all around! It’s so important to keep working on keeping ourselves fit as able, and, recognizing the boundaries to push are a little bit close than previous years. Tapping those boundaries, gently, though, sure does make me feel good, lol! 🙏 ❤️

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