On the matter of age…growing old is optional

“Don’t you know that it’s worth every treasure on earth to be young at heart? For as rich as you are it’s much better by far to be young at heart.” –Young at Heart (Frank Sinatra) I just returned from a short trip to Iceland, and as we were departing, I saw this ‘As we say in Iceland’ sign at the airport which read: ‘A forty year old can do anything.’ I thought, ‘YES! Yes, we can!’ I am currently forty, and when I read that line I felt completely inspired about my future – the possibilities of what I can do and where my coaching career is headed! I was literally thinking “I CAN do anything, so what do I want to do next?! What WILL I do next?!” The rest of the ad read: ‘Well, at least anything a forty year old can do. Every language seems to have its own version of this phrase. ‘Life begins at forty’ is equally paradoxical. We embrace optimism and energy in all people, regardless of age.’ I love their philosophy on age, and I absolutely love that last sentence! I am a firm believer that your state of mind is what causes you to grow old – not an increase in the number of candles on your cake very year. Each year is a gift – time to make memories – to explore, learn, grow, and love. “Age is not how old you are, but how many years of fun you’ve had.” ~Matt Maldre~ What if this was true for everyone, everywhere? What if there were no rules on what...

Spread your wings now, and live while you are here

“Yeah when I get where I’m going, there’ll be only happy tears. I will shed the sins and struggles I have carried all these years. And I’ll leave my heart wide open. I will love and have no fear. Yeah when I get here I’m going, don’t cry for me down here.” –When I Get Where I’m Going (Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton) We played this song at my grandfather’s funeral. Whenever I hear it, I think of Grampie Bob. I don’t know all the details of his life, but I do know that it wasn’t an easy life. His step mother was not the kind you’d wish for if you were able to choose, he started working on a farm at the age of 13, became an alcoholic, lost his wife in a car accident when she was only 33 (they had 3 children still at home), and lost his first grandchild when my brother died in a car accident at the age of 24 – just to name a few things. Did my grandfather carry more burdens than he needed to – physically, emotionally and spiritually? Maybe yes, maybe no. His soul did write this life and what lessons he was to learn while he was here. It just seems like a lot when we think of it from our human perspective. We think he shouldn’t have had to go through all of that. ‘One person should not have to experience so much pain.’ But through his pain came great lessons, the opportunity to grow, and the ability to then help others heal and learn. “Sometimes, struggles...

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