Aging and the Piglet® Theory

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I looked in the mirror today.  REALLY looked.  Who is that person and when did she take over my body?

I remember turning 30.  I remember turning 40. I even remember turning 50, but I absolutely do not remember when this person staring back at me moved into this house.

The wrinkles, the sagging jowls.

I don’t feel different. I feel just like I did at 30 and 40.  Maybe there are a few more aches and pains, but I can’t tell you when those started either.  Like the woman in the mirror, the aches and pains just gradually became an everyday part of my life.

AGING IS SCARY!

Why won’t anyone admit it? Admit it out loud!

I’ve noticed that when there are a group of 2 or more women over 50, at some point in the conversation, age and the effects of aging filters into the topic.

If we sit and chat for more than an hour, getting up from the chair brings out the common moans and groans as we teeter totter our way slowly across the room waiting for our hips to unhinge. (Maybe having an oil can nearby isn’t such a bad idea.)

When I was younger, I was determined to age gracefully.   Problem was, I didn’t define what “gracefully” looked like.

  • Did graceful mean I wouldn’t get crows feet or bags under the eyes?
  • Did graceful mean I would ignore the spider veins and not care?
  • Did graceful mean I wouldn’t have age spots just because I didn’t want them?

No, I was in FULL BLOWN DENIAL. And now I’m living the reality.

But I have a theory and I call it…

The Piglet® Theory

Facing these new effects of aging, sometimes my fears overwhelm me and I find my inner Piglet coming out.

  • I seem to hurt myself more while exercising…I’m afraid this time the injury is permanent.
  • I can’t see things close up (or far away for that matter) without glasses…I’m afraid of cataracts and macular degeneration.
  • I can’t lift heavy objects like I used to…I’m afraid I’m becoming weak.

Like Piglet, I sometimes let the new reality cloud what I know to be true.

  • I’ve hurt myself exercising over the years several times. Even now, I continue to bounce back.
  • The need for glasses happened after I turned 40…right on schedule according to my optometrist.
  • I’ve gone through menopause so muscle loss for women over 50 should be no surprise.

So I have decided to enjoy my age. Will it be easy?  It depends on my attitude.

I do know one thing. A healthy lifestyle makes me feel better about myself and consequently about my age.

This blog is about living a holistic lifestyle while aging.

ho·lis·tic

characterized by the treatment of the whole person,

taking into account mental and social factors,

rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease

[or in this case the symptoms of aging].

While I look for ways to respond to the effects of aging, I will share what I find with you and I want to hear what you’ve learned.

Like Piglet, I try to be brave and overcome my fears.  Like Piglet, I can only do this with the help of friends.

Share your thoughts and let’s laugh (and sometimes cry) together.

And check out why I say don’t ever look into a crystal ball.  It scares my inner Piglet, but I share 5 healthy habits that I do every day that helps.

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Kristy Klenk Kristy Klenk has reached the 55 (and counting) birthday and finds this stage of life and aging an interesting adventure. Over the past 20 years she has been on a journey of living a holistic lifestyle and continues to research its positive effects on aging.

 

Disclaimer: Any information found on this website or links to other websites is for information purposes only and is not intended for medical advice.  You know your body and your physical, emotional and mental situation. Consult your physician before making any changes.

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