In October I turned 45, which makes this the year I’m exactly half my grandmother’s age.
I was asking her about what life was like for her at 45. She had been a grandmother for 3 years and I was her second grandkid. She has 9 now and at least 9 great-grandchildren and a step great-great granddaughter!
She told me it was in her 40s that she had a lot of aches and pains so her doctor prescribed some morning stretches and to walk every day. She still does her stretches and walks. It is clearly working for her.
I’m probably a couple years away from being a grandmother but who knows? My kids are 18 & 20. These things are not in my control.
In my chats with Gran we often talk about how life is filled with unexpected things. Looking over the past 10 years we’ve both had struggles and great joys. When I think about the next 10 years I am humbled.
I think it is important to make long term plans even if mine rarely survive a year. My plans for 10 years from now include things like saving for retirement, learning how to even better manage my mental health and enjoy moving my body.
My kids will likely be moved out. I want to still be walking lots, doing yoga and cycling. Who knows what else?
I’m mindful to cultivate inexpensive hobbies. I’ve decided that triathlon needs too much expensive equipment and a much more robust commitment to training than I’m willing to make.
I’ve tried rock climbing. My partner and oldest son love it. Me? Not so much.
I’m lucky that I have many friends 10 to 20 years older than me who share their joys and challenges around self-care, fitness and family.
From what I can tell the next 10 years will see a shift in my caregiving responsibilities so I’d best stay in shape to support my resilience.
It may seem a bit odd to take motivation from a possible future 10 years from now but it totally works for me.
This art reminds my partner and I each day about the thrills of cycling and the joy it brings.
Where do you draw your motivation and inspiration for fitness from?