Originally I was going to post on something else, but the above topic is what's weighing on my mind lately. Mostly because my parents have been visiting the last two weeks. They're both in their 80's. And I can tell from this visit that this will probably be the last visit that they'll both make.
Since I've been able to spend their whole visit at home with them, I've been able to observe a lot. How much each of them have changed, slowed down, the memory loss ... it's sad really. So how can one remain joyful with so much against you?
I think it's the same as any challenging time in life. It's all in your head - what you think and how you view your 'glass' - half full or half empty? And there's also a certain level of acceptance that has to be made. Accept the new limitations, but continue doing the best you can. I'm a firm believer that a positive attitude can do a lot! But dwelling on the past and what once was had is futile and does nothing, but lay the foundation for depression and despair.
So that's my goal as I continue aging, although I'm far from eighty! But even now, I don't have the same body I had in my early 20's, I have a few wrinkles and some graying hair. But I have my health, a beautiful family and friends that love me even with all my faults. True blessings.
I better go now. I have a couple of days left to spend with my favorite octogenarians!
Peace, Love, and Chocolate