As John Mellencamp has said, “Oh yeah – life goes on… long after the thrill of living is gone.” When the song came out and I was young, I had no idea what he meant. Now I do.
Life expectancy is getting longer and longer. Face it. You may be around for a lot longer than you were planning… my advice is to plan to enjoy the ride. Think about it – you may have to go the distance.
I have personally seen the grisly result of life being extended for the completely lifeless in nursing homes. How does that happen? My personal feeling is that it happens very very gradually. So slow that the loss of vitality, strength and range of motion is hard to pinpoint.
You can take action Now to literally build a body that will be fun to be inside of for many many years to come. The prescription is exercise. Movement that has to be fun, daily, and a diet that supports the optimal functioning of this glorious machine you are driving.
“By emulating the examples of great personalities of the past, by pondering upon scriptural quotations and anecdotes taught by teachers, by employing all sorts of means, you should be able to develop a deep conviction that this present human body has great potential and that you shall never waste even a single minute of its use”
~H.H. the Dalai Lama, from The Path to Bliss