A friend was over for dinner Friday night. He told me that a doctor friend of his said “if you are over 50 and nothing hurts, you are dead”
Nothing hurts me. I will be 50 in two seasons from now. Maybe I am dead. (Is this heaven or hell?)
It got me thinking about physical strength and how we achieve it.
It takes training, discipline and dedication. When something gets too easy you have to ramp it up a little. If you ramp it up too much you get hurt.
I wont bore you with what I have been doing to be stronger and to have my back no longer occasionally hurt. But it has worked.
What about emotional strength? I want to get stronger in every area of my life. I used to be not very strong. Divorce, sadness, loss ( and wins and gains too) and challenge have made me stronger- so much stronger than I thought I could be . Finding out none of it can kill you helps. After all if you can live through it and triumph – you learn it will all get better with time and your own willpower.
I want to be like IRON in this area too. Or kryptonite. Or diamond. Something stronger than strong. Can I be this without being jaded, pessimistic or negative? Can I still have the soul of an 8 year old and the wisdom of a mature woman? Can we be wise and innocent at once?
Does all emotional strength come from pain and struggle training? When we ramp things up do we get hurt? Do we only find out what we are made of when life throws us a curve ball ? After many curve balls – do they no longer phase us the way they once did?
I want to be my strongest strong. Does that mean I say goodbye to ‘happy- go -lucky’, trusting, believing and wondering?
Enough questions for now.
I look to all of you for answers at your very earliest convenience.