fountain of youth

“The trick is to die young, as late as possible.”
– Ashley Montagu

I know that the time will pass, no matter how I choose to spend it.  I want to live my life passionately, not take myself too seriously yet use my brain to be self-aware and present.  To take care of my body so that when I am older I will be an active participant in this thing called my life.  Aging is inevitable, but are there things I can do now to stay young?

When my children are all out of the house I will be in my mid-50s.  I imagine myself a vibrant, energetic, open-minded and joyful person – then and beyond.  Still a work in progress, still striving to improve myself and still looking for adventure.  In my 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s…I hope to be able to stand at the starting line of a race and test my limits, enjoy feeling alive and celebrate all of life’s blessings.  I want to be the youngest old lady you will ever meet.

The choices we make today, the habits we create for ourselves … they matter.  Running has become an outlet for me and a way in which I strengthen my body, my mind and my spirit.  I believe it is a key ingredient in my personal recipe of what it will take for me to live a youthful, long life. Running is my movement, it keeps things within me fluid.  Without it I fear I shall go stiff and harden (both inside and out) … be grumpy and stagnant.  I can’t worry about the future for I don’t know what lies ahead.  I can only live in this moment and live it to its fullest.  But I believe that when my life includes regular running I am doing something good for myself, somehow tapping into the fountain of youth … somehow increasing my chances of dying young as many years from now as humanly possible.

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