60 Miles

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About a month ago, I added a Pedometer app to my phone. I had tried to use a pedometer before, having read and heard so much about the health advantages of counting your steps each day but they never seemed to work. The ones I clipped to my waistband were either too sensitive or too inaccurate and I already wear a watch so I had no interest in strapping on a Fitbit. But suddenly that little foot clad in an exercise shoe icon on my phone has become my new obsession and just the other day I was awarded a new badge that said I had walked 60 miles.

I’ve started, for the possibly millionth time, to be more conscious of physical activity because this month, I celebrated one more rotation around the sun. I honestly have no qualms about aging except for the fact that the physical body tends not to age as well as the spirit and (hopefully) the mind (a fact which can be debatable but fodder for another blog) The human body is truly a use it or lose it entity and for all of its glorious strengths, it can be surprisingly fragile at times.

I have never been one to sweat the milestones. I recall when I turned 30, a good friend asked how I was feeling, knowing that many of our 20 something friends were dreading the aging process. I was a bit puzzled by the question although I have always been fully aware of the angst it causes many, mostly women, sadly, to reach another decade. I truthfully answered my friend that I felt as young as ever because all of my role models at the time were in their 60s and 70s, living life to the fullest, writing, acting, creating, traveling and generally having an awesome life. Compared to their amazing journeys, I still felt like a toddling child.

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Fast forward 30 plus years and I am now in that age group I had admired so much back then and to be honest I am amazed. There are times I am not even sure how I got to this point because it doesn’t feel as though that much time has passed. Sometimes I am like the title character in Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” because although I still feel young inside my mirror reflects a face with wrinkles framed with white hair. I don’t begrudge that although I do have a close personal relationship with hair dye. But my wrinkles are a roadmap of laughter, tears, and experiences I would not trade for anything. And all of the scars I bear are the mark of a survivor and a warrior and I would not trade those either.

If I wonder at the passage of time, it could not be more evident than in my two beautiful children. Both are now adults, with successful lives and loves, navigating their own paths and discovering their purpose. I don’t recall any angst from them about growing older although it may be that they have kept those concerns private. Yet if I needed any reminder of where the past 30 years have gone, I just need to look at them. In my view, all birthdays should be celebrated to the fullest. I have already reached an age many never will, a milestone I was never guaranteed, a life of health and love that is never promised or should never be taken for granted. I popped and savored champagne on my special day to give thanks and toast another year.

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And remember those role models I had at age 30 and how much I admired their busy, creative lives? Well now I am at their age and honestly, it feels like new beginnings. It’s strange that we rarely celebrate human aging in the same way we celebrate old wines or good scotch or aged cheese. Instead, aging is feared rather than embraced as the natural fullness and maturity of a lifetime. A coming to fruition. New adventures. The next wave of life. Youth or at least the appearance of it seems to be the pursuit we should all be involved in, especially women. I fully reject that thinking and embrace the years I have been gifted with.

My pedometer app tells me that my next level award will be the equivalent of walking from London to Paris. Baring the swim over the English Channel, that sounds like a lovely walk. I imagine passing villages and farmlands, hamlets and towns before arriving in that magnificent City of Light. Besides a birthday, November is the month that reminds us to be grateful for all that we have. So in that spirit, I am grateful that I can still strap on my Nike’s and walk enough steps to cover 60 miles. Paris, here I come.

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. Paige says:

    I like your honesty & perspective. Keep stepping!

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  2. Lindsey says:

    It’s so satisfying when you can see what all those steps add up to, isn’t it? Great post – such a positive vibe!

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  3. Mike says:

    I have used so many different things, Nike app, Fitbit, even the Health app on my iPhone. Anything that lets you know how you’re doing will work.

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    1. mom2times says:

      So true, the trick is just to do it! Thank you!

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  4. K.N. Licavoli says:

    Love this one!

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  5. Drishti says:

    Great reflection on aging Tina. I have a feeling my milestone in February is the same one you have just celebrated! Have we really been on this planet that long?? My mom had a great toast. “Here’s to me, good women are scarce!” But truly – there are so many great women out there, yourself included!!!

    Here’s to aging like fine wine!! 🍷

    Barb

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    1. mom2times says:

      Thanks, Barb, I love your mom’s toast!! May have to use that one myself! Thanks for reading.

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  6. poofbeegoneblog says:

    Congrats on your walking journey!!! 🙂

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  7. goatdogsimple says:

    Beautiful and inspiring post. I love your perspective on aging. I think more important than age is health. Good luck with your steps 🙂

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    1. mom2times says:

      I agree. I have learned that health is the real wealth and I hope to have that as long as I can! Thanks for reading.

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  8. Great reflection! I have a Garmin, similar to fit bit, but it also doubles as my watch and also syncs with my phone for text messages, emails, etc. I love that it’s everything all in one spot like that!

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    1. mom2times says:

      That’s what I liked about the app…it was very easy to use which is probably why I am using it so frequently!! Whatever works is the one to use. Thanks for reading!

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  9. Angie says:

    You are so right. We should embrace aging. It isn’t something to be feared as long as we do as you are and keep ourselves healthy so we can continue growing physically and emotionally. We need to be proud of every experience that has brought us where we are. Thank you for sharing this

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  10. Beth says:

    This is such a wonderful post and such a reminder to be grateful for every day we are given!

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  11. fitnewsbyjulie says:

    Finding what works for you and your lifestyle is the key to making positive changes towards your health stick! I think that it is great that you are tracking your steps and are being conscious of taking care of yourself! We are only given one body and it is part of our job to take care of it. Keep up the good work!

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  12. Such a great, positive post! x

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