“Age is a matter of feeling, not of years.”
~ George William Curtis
We all age. Our bodies grow older, less flexible and often feel like they’re betraying us. But aging is part of life for everyone and everything.
My husband and I inherited a dog when we bought our “new” home. Annie, a 14 year old Lab, had no place to move to—as her owners were moving into apartments where pets were not allowed. Annie has severe hip dysplasia and had significant intestinal worms. (I discovered soon after moving our other 2 dogs in)
An obviously older dog, Annie has been a joy and a challenge. She cannot hear or see well and her mobility is limited. Her spirit is strong! She enjoys morning walks- even though it must be painful. She loves company, being brushed, having her ears cleaned and snacks (she is a Lab).
She tolerates having her nails trimmed.
While it takes much longer to go for a walk, to get out of the house, etc she inspires me.
She enjoys the little things and does the best she can everyday.
She reminds me that even though our physical appearance and bodies change, our spirits remain the same. Youth is more a matter of mind and attitude than years. I know people in their 80’s and 90’s who are younger than people in their 20’s and 30’s and vice versa.
Transitioning from youth to middle-age to old age is natural. Our bodies do it quite easily without our conscious help! We can ease and slow the process a bit with healthy eating, diet and lifestyle changes, but we can’t stop it. What is more difficult are the mental, emotional and psychological changes. How we think about the change will determine how we move through it.