Happy Birthday to my Grandpa – he turns 95 today.
I was out for a walk today basking in the spring like weather that has blessed Ontario lately and got thinking to myself, “what if today was MY 95th birthday?” and then I got to thinking, “what if today was YOUR 95th birthday?”
How would you like to FEEL in your body and mind?
Would you like to have your teeth?
Would you like to be able to bend over and pick something up?
And when you reflect on your life….
Did you work hard and play hard throughout your life?
Did you lift your spirits and the spirits of others with your sense of humour and BIG OL’ LAUGH?
Did you create space and time for your PASSIONS?
Were you generous with your time…resources…energy….spirit?
Did you combine acts of responsibility with BEING A SPARK OF LIGHT?
Did you stand in your power while being a gentle soul?
As much as I sing the praises of focusing our attention on the present moment, I think we can benefit from seeing our lives from a different angle…so right now, it’s not today, it’s your 95th birthday.
How do you want to feel today?
95 is old so my realism is not inspiring images of rock climbing or snow boarding, but what I want for myself is to be reasonably healthy (no big diseasy stuff going on) with a good amount of energy. I want to still be having fun – whatever that means 60 years from now. I want to have lived a life that fills my heart with peace and causes me to spontaneously smile when the memories play out in my mind.
The vision I have of my 95th birthday is probably a bit like or a lot like yours.
If that’s the vision we have for ourselves, let’s do what we can control to have it be our reality when we get there! This life is ALL about choices so what habits are you going to choose to increase your chances of feeling good and having fun at 95?
Here are 7 habits I think will help get us there…(there are lots more, but this is a blog post, not an e-book)
1. Eat WHOLE foods regularly – meals sans barcodes and unattainable from a drive thru window…whole foods are a natural pharmacy for our bodies and minds…my grandparents’ generation was the last whole food generation…but let’s eat crap sometimes…hey, we might not make it to 95!
2. EXERCISE often – my grandpa’s lifestyle was naturally physically active…it’s up to us to make the conscious choice to move our bodies regularly in some way that makes our heart rate soar and gets our body all sweaty (focus now…i know what you’re thinking…)
3. Drink lots of WATER – it’s a HUGE source of energy and if you’re not hydrated, your body is going to have one hell of a time trying to absorb all those great nutrients from eating broccoli until you look like it
4. Lighten UP – 99% of all illnesses are connected to stress so the opposite mindset (aka humour) is a major health strategy
5. PLAY – create space and time to take part in stuff that totally floats your boat – people who are passionate about things outside of their careers live between 1.7 to 8 years longer than their stressed-out workaholic counterparts
6. HAVE FAITH – my grandpa went to church every Sunday, but that might not be your bag – from some belief system, do you have a feeling that all is well, that you are guided, and that despite the imperfections that come with your humanity, you are PERFECT and LOVED?
7. GIVE – in his day, my grandpa was involved with all kinds of recreational associations and senior’s organizations – active volunteering may not be your “thing”, but ANY act of generosity releases good feeling chemicals into your body that are normally very expensive and highly illegal – these endorphins protect your immune system and strengthen your mental health! The other day, I gave some woman in the LCBO parking lot a pot of tulips that I had received at my speaking engagement and I felt the “high” instantaneously!
Those are 7 habits that can and will help us to create the 95th birthday we want for ourselves.
So, what if today was your 95th birthday? How would you like to feel?
Create habits that match that desire!