Aging Vs. Living Written on April 17, 2017 in Article

I am at that 40 something age where I see a lot of dread, anticipation and fear based thinking about turning 50. I work with all ages and am particularly struck by how little someone’s age means when it comes to movement, the ability to move through space with skill, strength, and athleticism. Real movement, forward movement and trajectory, making something important happen! The kind of movement that makes people stop, smile and relate. This type of movement is ageless and ongoing.
Everything in life comes down to going from here to there with courage, consistency, support and intention. With new beginnings in school, work, and activities, how are we approaching moving forward? How are we identifying with our age, and why? Age a number of years we have lived? Or as Drew Dudley states in his Ted Talk – “to celebrate a birthday, all you have to do is not die for 365 days”.

Is where we are with work, school, and life defined by how long we have been at it?

Is it a date on the calendar?

Is it a year in School?

Is it external pressure from friends, family or yourself?

Is it a comparison to others the around the same age?

Or can it be a natural drive to do something meaningful with the time you have to offer?

Imagine if we did not have a number to relate to regarding age? Imagine if we operated from a standpoint of what can I do now to contribute to my well being and others? What is the legacy I want to leave behind?

What I propose is developing a mindset of living vs. aging. Are we concerned with living or aging day to day?

This October 4th marks the 3rd Dan Scharfman Race 9:30am. It’s important to mention Dan and his legacy. Dan Scharfman was a 50 something year old very accomplished man who left a legacy. Dan ran, he ran far- Ultramarathons. While running he used his race time to help others get to the finish line, to encourage, support and uplift. Without a concern of his race time, he stopped to help others along, he shared his food, his heart and his wisdom to get others to the finish line. Dan attended Yoga classes with the intention of ‘being closer to his family” vs. his own fitness gains. He left his mark by being present to the needs of others and open to the unpredictability of life. We are so fortunate to be able to come together and celebrate living, running and supporting eachother with The Dan Scharfman Race.

Lessons learned from Dan remind me of a quote from none other than Albert Einstein “Remember your humanity and forget the rest”. Nothing beats the power of person to person interaction, uplifting someone who is struggling, acknowledging the difficulties in a situation.

Let’s end summer and begin Fall with real movement. Moving others with our body, mind and spirit.

There are only 3 ways to improve relationships:

  • Touch the mind
  • Touch the body
  • Touch the spirit.

I can relate. Can you?