It’s a month of birthdays here at DIStherapy. I hearken back to my very first post; my blog kick-off during the 2011 Ultimate Blog Party. Blogging to Go the Distance #UBP11 would end up being so much more than a metaphor for my life. I was attracted to this annual 5 Minutes for Mom blow out because its sense of community. As you get older, this is increasingly important and relevant. As children move off to college, and the soccer games, boy scout meetings and family dinners suddenly STOP, you find yourself needing more of a support system, not less, (as naturally happens). New mommies appreciate their “virtual sandbox” for tips on everything from cloth diapering to getting baby to sleep through the night. Old mommies? Nada. Zip. Despite being a predominant force in the consumer market, we are not wooed or enticed. Folks over the age of 50 are responsible for over half of all discretionary spending in the America. Yet, there are no “Boomer Twitter Parties” or blogger conferences geared to the gray generation. Not yet. The post-50 generation is charting new territory. With expected advances in genetic medicine and stem cell therapies, our life expectancy will be quickly approaching 100. So how will you spend the second half of life?!
|That’s me in the pack with 69 year old Olympian Jeff Galloway. (Photo courtesy of runDisney.)|
It is up to our generation to REDEFINE the aging process.
Come April 10th, I am officially closer to 60 than 50, and I’ll be darned if I spend the next several decades looking backward. As DIStherapy turns 3, it is time to plan. It is time to be the change… In short, it is time to get busy!!! My goals?
– I am approved for my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I feel like Rodney Dangerfield. I’m going back to school!!! What better way to advance my interest in “Boomer Medicine”, and to teach my kids by example. Learning never ends; education is important. And you know what they say- “use it or lose it”. I’m hoping my brain will thank me.
– I intend to chronicle my journey and Top PT Tips with others here and in future blogging homes. After all, there are more 100 million of us oldsters in the US, and that number is expected to more than double in the next 20 years. So many new readers!
– When I penned “Blogging to Go the Distance” I had never, ever run a step, let alone race in an endurance event. I thought I was simply using an analogy. Later that year, I ran my first 5K; an attempt to buoy my struggling college student, and entice him with the perk of running through a Disney Park. (To be honest, it enticed me too!) I continued racing with Autism Speaks and Special Olympics; two nonprofits that I had personal and deep connections with. 5 half marathons, 1 10-miler, 2 10Ks and 2 5Ks later, I’ve come to the realization that I am a runner. What started out as a means of supporting others has turned into a way of life. And just in time. I was recently diagnosed with diabetes, and now I run for myself. As with most things in life, when you set out to do good for others, you inevitably end up getting more in return. Bingo.
On the road forward, I know I need to set a new goal. I also know I need to build up my general fitness level, continue to restructure my diet and lose weight before I take the next BIG step. What better way to work towards my next life milestone. Hold the 60 candles, I’ll take my very first marathon medal instead please. You are on notice runDisney. I’m giving you a couple of years lead time to decide exactly where your next destination marathon will be held. Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa perhaps? ALOHA. Now, that will be a party!