As a kid, I didn’t really expect at age 62 to be strength training to prevent osteoporosis OR doing a few of the FUN activities that came my way this summer. Learning to surf behind my brother’s boat tops the list! I had thought that those kind of days were behind me. But, when I managed to pull myself out of the water and stay on that board, I had such WONDERFUL feelings of elation and gratitude. Elation that I could still do such a kid-like thing and gratitude that I had the strength and balance to do it. I kept thinking how all of that strength training through the years was WORTH IT to be sliding down that wake with Mt. Rainier in the distance and feeling like a kid again. "Youth, Part 2" is my name for it!
It’s funny what brings on feelings of youth. That first attempt of getting up on the surfboard, the subsequent fall with water up the nose brought back a great feeling of, “Oh, yea! Summertime!” My patient brother bringing the boat round and round for me. And the cool thing was, my 26 year old son learned that day, too. It was a good day!
The difference between Youth, Part 1 and 2? I had some sore muscles and my son didn’t! Yes, we'll need to make a few adjustments and adaptations if we're going to play like this in this second half of our lives, but wow, it’s so worth it! Quality of life! Hang ten…or just hang on, surfer girls! Keep doing your strength training and weight bearing cardio because we still have a lot more fun in store for us!
Send me a picture of your “Youth, Part 2” experiences!