Climb every Mountain, Ford every Stream….

Here it is 2019 already!

I say that every year…well, not the 2019 part but the “already” part. I’ve heard the older you get the quicker time goes, and I have to agree. 

Last year just flew by.

When I started this blog, it was with the intention of getting to 60 feeling like I had my shit together. Or as my husband says, I want to “have all my shit in one sock.”

So here we are, January 1, 2019 and in just over five months I will be hitting that 60 mark head on. I’ll admit it still freaks me out. Sixty just sounds so much older than 50 something.

Even my granddaughters commented that 60 is old!

While I feel like I have “it” together more than when I started this blog, I also feel like I have a ways to go. I feel better mentally, but physically I feel older.

And I don’t like that one bit.

I’m pretty sure being sick for two weeks in December and watching too many old movies didn’t help, but that’s just the icing on the cake really.

The reality is, I’ve been skating by doing the bare minimum to get in shape and stay healthy.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about turning 60 and what that means. What I came to realize is: I have more of my life behind me than I do ahead of me. Just writing that makes me sad.

I really like life.

But I’m kind of doubtful I’ll live to be 120.

So with that in mind, I want to make the most of what’s ahead. And let me tell you after that flu kicked my butt for two weeks, I really want to spend the next however many years I have strong and healthy.

So now I’ve said it out loud and I’ve written it down and even shared it with you. So what? There’s an old saying that’s one of my favorites:

“Two frogs were sitting on a lily pad and one decided to jump off. How many frogs were left sitting on the lily pad?”

Two…deciding to do something and actually doing it are very different things.

I’m honestly not sure how one gets from decision to action. There are a lot of people out there telling us to “just do it” and “start today” and so on. But there are even more of us just not doing it.

I was talking to John yesterday and I said I’d like to focus more on activities this year. And I don’t mean the eating kind. I know I won’t ever be a gym kind of person, but I also know I love being outdoors.

And we live in a place that is beautiful outside 98% of the time.

While in Scotland last spring, I bought a new pair of hiking boots and we hiked up Craigellachie in the Cairngorms in the cold and wind. And I deeply loved the sense of accomplishment I felt afterwards.

Almost to the top of Craigellachie
It was so cold and windy at the top!

Then I came home and put my hiking boots in the closet where they have been collecting dust ever since.

So I am going to dust off those boots and pull from that sense of accomplishment and “climb every mountain”. Okay, I did get that from the Sound of Music, but you get what I’m saying.

Reader Comments

  1. Shelly

    I had the flu once….it was horrible. My daughter gave it to me when she was 10. Glad you are on the mend.

    I live in a place that does not offer me what I need in terms of outdoor exercise…there are no mountains, no picturesque or real running trails. So I opt to do nothing and it has not been good for me.

    So enjoy your beautiful place to be outdoors for me too!!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      Oh Shelly, I feel like I missed out on several weeks of life because of this flu. And I am still recovering. My lungs are feeling any exercise at all.

      I know you love hiking and I’m sorry you don’t live where you can find that joy…I will get out there and share my hikes with you!

  2. Amy Kennedy

    Oh my gosh I am breaking in new hiking boots! Not kidding! Just taking it up since I walk a lot these days, I thought it would be fun! I got back about an hour ago from taking them for a stroll through the woods!

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