Thursday, October 31, 2013

Don't Worry About Dying, Worry about Living

One of my favorite people at Club Ridges is a retired resident in his 80's. He comes to the club everyday to walk on the treadmill and lift weights. Every morning I see him and say hello. He always gives me a big smile and responds back with lots of kindness and enthusiasm. One day while I was working out with a staff member he complimented us on how hard we were working out. He then proceeded to tell me that he loves to come to the club everyday and that he is going to die healthy. I loved hearing that.

And it made me think...this gentleman is like the rest of us. He knows he's going to die. Last time I checked the death rate is 100%. However, unlike many people in society he is choosing to have a vibrant and active lifestyle while he is alive. He's not focused on dying. He knows that's a sure thing, but living...not everyone lives. At least not in a way that gives you the most out of your existence.

You have to ask yourself this question....how are you living? I mean really think about it. Are you just punching the clock of life each day? Just living a monotonous and safe life? Well...think about it this way, while you contemplate and wait to enjoy and be active in your life, time will continue to march on. We are beings that have a biological time clock. And one day that time clock is going to run out for each of us. My hope is for anyone reading this is that your time clock runs out after having lived a long and productive life. But you know...we just don't know when that will be, but it's going to happen.

You owe it to yourself to explore the high points of your life regularly. Here's some things you can do to be a more active participant in your life regularly:

1. Plan a Bucket List Trip Each Year:

Plan and save for a special trip each year that seems out of reach, crazy adventurous or that fulfills a real need for peace in your life. My wife and I went to Iceland last year because we wanted to do something different and explore an area most people don't go to. Be unique, be forward thinking in your adventure. Seeing how other people in different cultures live is truly a learning and growing experience.

2. Exercise Now Not Later

Start that exercise program and feel better than you ever felt in your life. If you can't do it on your own then plan/save to afford a good professional to work with. I mean what's the point of living a long time if you are living it in a state of physical limitations? Being physically active regularly is one of the best ways to live a full and vibrant life regularly.

3. Invest into Quality People

Population studies of longevity in areas such as Okinawa and Italy indicate that longevity and fullness in life is greatly influenced by consistent and quality personal relationships. It's not about the quantity of people in your life it is about sticking to a small quality group of people. Give, care and love those people regularly and do it now. Deepen your quality relationships regularly over the years.

4. Find Your Center

The majority of the world believes in a higher power that centers them. As a devoted follower of the Lord I always feel that no matter what is going on, I am centered by my spirituality. It gives me guidance, hope and fellowship. Now that may not be your cup of tea and that's fine, but find something that gives you a greater sense of purpose and meaning.

5. Always Be Learning

Nothing is greater than going to college graduations and seeing someone in their 70's getting their college degree. Everyone claps and gives a standing ovation each time. Why? We love to see people learn throughout their lifetime. It is never too late to learn. Maybe you have been wanting to finish your college degree. Or maybe you just want to learn a new profession. How about going to some local seminars and workshops to invest into your hobbies. Whatever it is continue to learn each and every year. The stale mind is a deteriorating mind. Be mentally stimulated regularly.

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog post. Remember don't worry about dying...that's guaranteed. Living well? That's another story...

Until next time

Dr. D

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