Growing Older\r\n\r\nGrowing old is not for the faint of heart.\r\n\r\nYou must be brave to take the next step. \r\n\r\nSteps in walking, as legs grow weaker and joints hurt.\r\n\r\nSteps in life, changes that take place with each passing day.\r\n\r\nVision dims, hearing may become more difficult. Nimble fingers, once graceful, now have stiff joints and fingers are knobby.\r\n\r\nMemory may be less clear.\r\n\r\nI remember in the early years when we went in a run, giving our mothers a good workout.\r\n\r\nWe fought naps and bedtime.\r\n\r\nNow, I look forward to a nap, and bedtime comes earlier and earlier.\r\n\r\nWhen we were young we would drag ourselves out of bed in the early morning, now I\u2019m awake long before the sun comes up.\r\nOnce, I was slim and curvy \u2013 yes, I was!\r\n\r\nSome people grow thinner as they age, while others just grow.\r\n\r\nNearly everyone\u2019s body changes with time.\r\n\r\nIf we have the money, we can turn back time with personal trainers and face lifts, and more.\r\n\r\nI was once active in sports, winning blue ribbons in track in the broad jump.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s easy to be physically active when you\u2019re young.\r\n\r\nHow about your football days, guys?\r\n\r\nNow replaying the past by watching it on TV. \r\n\r\nGals were into sports then as cheerleaders.\r\n\r\nWe can\u2019t do what we once did, but we need to maintain some activity \u2013 use it or lose it!\r\n\r\nMaintain contact with the outside world. \r\n\r\nFellowship in church, clubs or programs provided for seniors.\r\n\r\nReach out to friends and family \u2013 strengthen the bonds.\r\n\r\nKeep your mind active.\r\n\r\nNo, growing older is not the Golden Years, as we\u2019ve always heard it referred to. Yet, go forward and make the best of everyday.\r\n\r\nMy husband, Herb, used to say, \u201cDon\u2019t complain about growing older, as there is only one alternative.\u201d\r\n\r\nMay we continue to grow older, but stay young at heart.