Running Your Race When the Old Sets in Can Throw You for a Loop
Running your race when the old sets in can throw you for a loop in more ways than one. Here you are, chugging along in life only to find that some life has passed you by. Admit it, when you had children, you always promised yourself, “Someday, you’d get back to that.” Whatever the that was, time spun faster than you thought. Now, health problems and more could hold you back. Maybe there’s not even as much enthusiasm for the activity as you remembered. It could be your perspective has changed and it doesn’t mean that much anymore. It could also be that you just want to relax now that you put the kids through school.
But if you’re not to careful, time can slip by, and that moment could be gone. You didn’t mean for it to happen. It just did. So, how do you recapture youthful dreams? That career you always wanted. Maybe that vacation in Europe you always said someday you’d take? Like everything else in life, you just open up a page for it. Take notes down on what you want to do and when. Then get set making it a reality. It’s never really too late in life. We just give up things for other goals. Maybe we want to spend more time with the grandkids. A noble pursuit.
One doesn’t have to compete with the other. Make time for what brings you joy. What fulfills your life. Nothing has to take a back seat. There are twenty-four hours in everyone’s day. Take advantage of that. I know we all move a little slower. It seems our thought processes don’t want to catch up with the rest of us. If you do a little, that’ll bring you the satisfaction you crave. Take time to walk in the park. Feed the birds. Enjoy nature. Pick up that fishing pole and go down to the pond or out to the lake. Careful not to take that boat out too far on Lake Erie, you know how those storms kick up without a warning.
Your life is what you make it. You can spend the rest of your life lazing on a porch swing. Or you can do some of the things you always wanted to. It just takes heart. It takes adventure. It takes a willingness to get out there. Go to a museum. When’s the last time you spent time exploring the artifacts from past centuries? Discovered art you hadn’t seen before? Visited a movie theater to take in a life show? Even if you don’t live near Broadway, you can do this. Many hometowns have theaters just waiting to be filled. A drive to the local coffee shop could prove inspiring. Maybe you’ll run into old friends. Visit a library. That book you check out could launch you into writing one of your own. Yes, no matter how we age, we can always find time to enjoy things. To rediscover activities set aside for a tomorrow. Let that tomorrow finally come. Take a chance.
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- The Secret to Ageless Ageing https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Ageless-Ageing-Karen-Ward/dp/1800970293?crid=3NPSHR1IR7D7J&keywords=ageing&qid=1662544004&sprefix=agei%2Caps%2C567&sr=8-10&linkCode=ll1&tag=mywebsite071a-20&linkId=6195ec5d31e4ea11b4caa24446696eb7&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_tl
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- The Great Demographic Reversal https://www.amazon.com/Great-Demographic-Reversal-Societies-Inequality/dp/3030426564?crid=3NPSHR1IR7D7J&keywords=ageing&qid=1662544004&sprefix=agei%2Caps%2C567&sr=8-24&linkCode=ll1&tag=mywebsite071a-20&linkId=72688d89809bbcd457b88c232f2eb172&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_tl
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Some blogs along the web you might find interesting. Enjoy!
- Writers in the Storm https://writersinthestormblog.com/2022/09/parking-lot-crime-writing-about-burglaries-and-robberies/ Authors who write about crime need to understand crime. My writing partner, Jay Holmes, is a 45+ year veteran of field intelligence operations, and we often get questions about espionage and crime. In our last article, Writing Believable Driveway Crime: Carjacking & Kidnapping, we wrote about crime that commonly occurs in driveways. Today, we will take a look at crime in parking lots.
- Writers Helping Writers https://writershelpingwriters.net/2022/09/fear-thesaurus-entry-becoming-a-parent/ Debilitating fears are a problem for everyone, an unfortunate part of the human experience. Whether they’re a result of learned behavior as a child, are related to a mental health condition, or stem from a past wounding event, these fears influence a character’s behaviors, habits, beliefs, and personality traits. The compulsion to avoid what they fear will drive characters away from certain people, events, and situations and hold them back in life.
- Fine Art Friday https://conniejjasperson.com/2022/09/09/fineartfriday-old-water-tank-by-jaime-prosser/ I love the stark realism, the derelict water tower rising from the sea of grass, silhouetted against the blue Australian sky. Prosser’s brush captures the wildness of the scene. There is a serenity to this scene, the sureness of mankind’s creation crumbling, slowly giving way to the inevitable. Nature always wins.
- RobertaWrites https://robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com/2022/09/09/roberta-writes-thursday-doors-tau-game-lodge-and-tanka-tuesday-wildebeeste-hyena-poetry/ Welcome to Thursday Doors, a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time). You can join in Thursday Doors here: https://nofacilities.com/2022/09/08/clay-hill-leftovers/
- Syl’s 65 blog https://syl65.wordpress.com/2022/09/10/sketch-comedy-saturday-night-live-debbie-downer-the-academy-awards/
- Robbie’s Inspiration https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2022/09/09/robbies-inspiration-book-release-tour-for-the-winding-road-a-journey-of-survival-by-miriam-hurdle/ In the summer of 2008, Miriam Hurdle was diagnosed with melanoma-an aggressive and invasive cancer in her internal organs. The survival rate before 2008 was low. Besides risking harsh treatments for a slim chance of survival, Miriam had hoops to jump through. By the time she received treatment at the beginning of 2009, her cancer had progressed from stage II to stage IV. It was a rough and uphill winding road. But alongside her was support and encouragement. Accompanied by the love of her family and community, this is Miriam’s journey of faith and miracle. It is a heartwarming story of resilience, courage, and the will to live.
- Annette Rochelle Aben https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/2022/09/10/angel-messages-sep-10-2022/
- Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo https://scvincent.com/2022/09/10/ballymacaldrack/
- News Round-Up Week https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/news-round-up-week-ending-9-september-2022/ North Carolina, 1949. When agricultural inspector Charlie Danwitter is sent on a special assignment to bucolic Ashe County, he expects an easy job cataloging heirloom apple varieties. However, when the local farmers grow suspicious of his motives, Charlie finds himself in far more trouble than he bargained for. In an attempt to salvage his assignment, he follows a mysterious woman deep into the beating heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains to a long-forgotten village where harvest rituals are rooted in bizarre Old World customs-and discovers that some traditions are better left in the past. Available now in eBook and paperback, you can pick up your copy here.
- Smorgasboard Blog Magazine https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2022/09/10/smorgasbord-short-stories-milestones-along-the-way-waterford-1930s-tobacco-smoke-signals-by-geoff-cronin-2/ Following on from The Colour of Life, my father-in-law Geoff Cronin wrote two more books with stories of life in Waterford and Dublin from the 1930s. He collected the stories on his travels, swapping them with others in return for his own and then treating us to the results of the exchange. Geoff also added some jokes overheard just for the Craic…Over the next few weeks I will be sharing selected stories from Milestones Along the Way.
- Teri Polen https://teripolen.com/2022/09/09/blogtour-the-necromancers-daughter-by-d-wallace-peach-fantasy-dragons-magic/
- A healer and dabbler in the dark arts of life and death, Barus is as gnarled as an ancient tree. Forgotten in the chaos of the dying queen’s chamber, he spirits away her stillborn infant, and in a hovel at the meadow’s edge, he breathes life into the wisp of a child. He names her Aster for the lea’s white flowers. Raised as his daughter, she learns to heal death.
- Then the day arrives when the widowed king, his own life nearing its end, defies the Red Order’s warning. He summons the necromancer’s daughter, his only heir, and for his boldness, he falls to an assassin’s blade.
- While Barus hides from the Order’s soldiers, Aster leads their masters beyond the wall into the Forest of Silvern Cats, a land of dragons and barbarian tribes. She seeks her mother’s people, the powerful rulers of Blackrock, uncertain whether she will find sanctuary or face a gallows’ noose.
- Unprepared for a world rife with danger, a world divided by those who practice magic and those who hunt them, she must choose whether to trust the one man offering her aid, the one man most likely to betray her—her enemy’s son.
- A healer with the talent to unravel death, a child reborn, a father lusting for vengeance, and a son torn between justice, faith, and love. Caught in a chase spanning kingdoms, each must decide the nature of good and evil, the lengths they will go to survive, and what they are willing to lose. Ooh, sounds promising!
- The Story Reading Ape’s blog https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2022/09/10/the-upside-of-impostor-syndrome-and-7-ways-to-deal-with-the-downside-by-ruth-harris/
- What? There’s an upside to Impostor Syndrome?
- A sane, healthy mid-point exists between being stalled out by Impostor Syndrome and obnoxious, raging egomania so rancid even your dog hates you.
- Authentic modesty keeps you real — and productive.
- A certain degree of Impostor Syndrome can be the necessary spur that motivates you to work harder and get better.
- John Howell https://johnwhowell.com/2022/09/08/thursday-a-little-personal-twiggy-and-lucy-contemplate-life/
Have a great week, take care, and God bless!