“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” ~Francesca Reigler
Yesterday was a gorgeous day. High-seventies in the shade; mid-eighties in the direct sun. Skies overhead, deep azure. Couldn’t have been a nicer Father’s Day. An ideal day for our chosen activity – drifting lazily down the Yampa River on an inflatable float (inner tube). Only thing missing was our son’s presence. Now that he is twenty-four, our visits are infrequent. He lives eight hours away and has a career that keeps him very busy. Grateful for his full-time employment ; he is doing exactly what he should be at this stage of his life, living independently.
My husband and I still appreciate the opportunity to do youthful things. According to my definition, different than AARP guidelines, we are nowhere near “senior citizen status.”
In the city of Steamboat Springs, Colorado there is a large population of people focused on “aging well.” The number of men and women who ski, bike, snowshoe, golf, horseback ride, run marathons and engage in other physical activity well into their 70s, 80s and 90s is impressive. Volunteerism and involvement in the arts are other options in this town for keeping a spirit lively.
It’s been said that re-living life through the eyes of a child is good for us; it removes us from everyday stresses, forcing us to live “in the moment.” Here is a wonderful article about optimizing your life for personal fulfillment. http://bit.ly/1XnpZD.
Next time I decide to blog once again about the “light, sparkling powder” days of winter here in the high mountains of Colorado or the clear blue days of summer that bring nostalgic and euphoric feelings of childhood, I will engage in an activity that gives me something more exciting to talk about than the mundane weather. That topic of conversation grows old, especially when there is little variation – it is consistently beautiful here in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
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