Today, being the first day of the rest of my life, I am going to start a new routine. I used to love to dance. As a child having tap dancing and ballet lessons; as a teenager rocking to Bill Haley, Elvis Presley and Tommy Steele among others; as a young wife and mother at balls and now…
Well it has been a while since I danced. So today I am starting to dance to the music on the radio. OK so I have to find a station that is more music than chat. And if that fails, I will find a CD to dance to.
The dance and a person learning or teaching others to dance has been the subject of several memorable films. Did you see the film with Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon.? Click here to see a short video. And earlier, Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr in The King and I.
Not only does the act of dancing release energy it leaves one feeling re-energised. All constraints fall away and a fantastic feeling of freedom is found. This is what we should be looking for particularly as we age. The positive reinforcements we receive whether dancing alone around the living room with one’s small dog for company, or with others are so uplifting and beneficial to our health and well-being.
I will add dance to my daily routine, of 5 Tibetan Rites and walking. I am sure that in this way I can halt or at least slow down the changes that inevitably happen.
So today I shall find the music and start to dance. And as always
If you get the choice to sit it out or dance;
I hope you dance.
Since I wrote about Mavis Lindgren the 90 year old marathon runner, I have been told of many instances of older folks competing in marathons and one woman Ernestine Shepherd who is a 74 year old body builder. I am completely ‘blown away’ at what these women do with the ‘best years of their lives’. And it’s not only women.
Tatsuo Okawara was the oldest finisher from Japan in the December 9th,
2007 Honolulu Marathon. At 90 years old, he completed the 42.19 kilometers
(26.2 mile) course in 8 hours, 11 minutes. And Buster Martin at age 101 while still working as a plumber in London, trained for the London Marathon in 2008. He also planned to walk the Appalachian Trail. See details of that journey here.
What amazing people and they certainly show us that if you keep using your body and mind through exercise then just about anything is possible.
I often talk to my clients about creating an Attitude of Gratitude. My children have been brought up knowing that we have to give thanks for what we have and I trust that they are passing that on to their children.
And even if we lose everything, we still have plenty for which to be grateful. We are fortunate to live in New Zealand surely one of the best and safest places in the world; although we have had a major earthquake recently that has set us all back a little, but on the whole we live without major disaster looming over us.
So can I suggest that we all look to these ‘older’ examples of how to live our lives and always remember to say thanks for what we have.
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