Ah, those lazy, hazy days of summer are finally upon us. For some of us it is an invitation to get out and get moving, to hit the beach, travel and see family or just visit a new destination. For others, it invokes long afternoons with a good book, a pitcher of ice tea and a shady spot. While there is certainly nothing wrong with the second choice, we need to remember that live was meant to be lived as a verb, not a noun. In other words, a stagnant life is not an authentic life.
Sometimes as we get older there is a tendency to slow down and live life at a slower pace. That’s ok if we’ve spent most of our adulthood running on all cylinders, from raising kids and holding down jobs, to going back to school while holding down both a family and a job, and so, so much more. Indeed, we’ve certainly earned the right to some much-needed downtime. The trick is to not let it lull us into a state of complacency. In other words, we become a non-moving, non-involved, member of the world. That is a prescription not only for an inauthentic life, it’s a path to being old instead of just getting older.
I, for one, refuse to get old. Sure, I’m aging by the minute as we all are (another birthday is creeping up on me this month!), but I refuse to live my life standing still. I still get out whenever I can, walk as much as I can, volunteer as much as I can, hang out with the kids as much as I can, and embrace life as much as I can. In other words, I’m living life as a verb – to move, to grow, to celebrate, to enjoy, this wonderful gift of life I’ve been given. So what are you waiting for? Get moving!
This week over on the Home Page, our writing assignment for this week will ask you to plan how you will keep your life moving. As always have fun with it and remember to just keep writing.
Peace and blessings.