I used to be fit, play sports, walk to work, run for fun, ride a bicycle. I used to be active and look good, or at least as good as I could.
I used to is a phrase that is all too common among the over forty crowd. It is usually followed quickly by rationalizations like: but, my leg / back / foot hurts; I don't have time; it is too cold / rainy / snowy / slippery; etc.
I am guilty. I used to do many things, though over my almost sixty-five years I admit to many fits and starts. It always took an effort, especially restarting after a lay-off. I remember when I was in my early fifties a lady friend told me " On my worst day, I could beat you at anything. " - running, biking, etc. For a male, those words were a wake-up slap in the side of the head.
I decided to take up running. It was not something that I, traditionally, liked; but, there was a beautiful path along a river by my apartment building that looked appealing. Books said to run for a minute and then walk for two to get started. I ran for fifteen seconds and walked for two / three / four minutes, whatever felt comfortable. The beauty of the river path and disgust with myself led me to eventually run for one to two hours just to enjoy the outing. Then I developed plantar faciitis ; that is when your arch falls.
For nine years I nursed my feet, bought orthopedic inserts for my shoes and just never got back at anything physical. And, of course, I gained twenty pounds. " I used to " was often the leading statement in response to questions about what did I do. I used to .......
A boomer / zoomer, a member of the free, active generation that has been redefining aging, I have been a disgrace. To myself and my fellow boomers / zoomers, I am sorry !
Now living a life of adventure and snow-birding; and, seeing the label " senior ", I am again living up to the spirit of my generation.
I just came back from a now regular one hour brisk walk and used the stairs to return to my apartment.
I used to be a couch potato.
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