Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The US Administration on Aging has declared May as older American's month. YEA! And the theme for this year is that You are Never too old to PLAY. I think they confiscated the play ideas from my web site. Now, I am not exactly sure what constitutes an older American. When I was a kid it was easy to identify an old person. Grandma and Grandpa were old. But at 47 the identification of old becomes more elusive. My grandparents were grandparents at 47. My mother-in-law Dale is 75 and I most certainly would not define her as old. The woman just got back from New York and is headed to China. I literally get tired thinking about her daily itinerary.
The truth is as we age most of us do stop playing. We get caught up into the daily grin of life as we worry about the kids, our spouse, money, job security, mortgage payments and our parents. As a society we don’t start playing again until we retire. I have a really good friend, Rob who is planning wonderful adventures for when he retires. His list includes planting a bigger garden in his back yard, putting hardwood floors in the rest of his home, spending time with his granddaughter, drinking beer and fishing. For Rob all of these activities constitutes play. To me this is a sad way to live because he can do all of those things NOW. Stop talking and start doing! It can most certainly be done with small steps. For example this spring expand your garden by one row. In the summer when the days are longer re-do the floors in one room. Give the grandbaby a hammer and let her help! Drink beer while planting that extra row in the garden. Drunk gardening…you just don’t know what you might plant! Take the whole family fishing. Why we put off things that bring us joy I can not understand.
For those of you who thinks that you are too old to play that is just hog wash. I am not sure what hog wash is but Poppy constantly talked about it. Old is a state of mind. Age literally starts with your thoughts not your body. So, regardless of age let’s support the Administration on Aging and PLAY! Not just in May but every month of the year. As Juju says “God made us so that we might know joy” and Play and Joy are kissing cousins.
Monday, May 7, 2012
The truth is that for the most part I am really a healthy individual. I run a thriving coaching business, I develop on-line classes for elders, I am a spouse and a mother, magical artist and Captain of my Neighborhood watch. So, what’s my secret? Well here it goes…
Medical doctors are REALLY good at fixing health problems. I have three inches of mesh stints in my right artery and I am grateful for every inch. I have an array of medication. I do take my heart meds and depression meds everyday. My pain meds I take only when needed. I LOVE fruits and veggies! I garden like Rambo. I enjoy my family. But what makes me feel really, really jazzed is brand new art brushes, paint, clay, glue, paper, canvas, stickers, pens, pencils and journals. I CREATE! I fire up the aromatherapy, put on classical music or classic rock and grab a clean white canvas. The creative process is like prayer to me. It helps me reach deep down into the depths of my soul and bring out something I never knew I had. For me it is a spiritual journey and what I call healing play.
The American Heart Association just release a cover story, Artful Recovery. The story highlights artist that have used creativity as part of their healing process. Before you jot on over and read the story please remember that the healing creativity is not about the finished product but the process. You do not have to be an artist to enjoy the magic of creativity….just open. When I was released from the hospital after the heart attack I created a journal of stick figures. I was so angry about what happened to me all I could do was use colored pencils in a notebook. That was all I needed to do. The healing process took hold of my soul.
So, along with your medication go ahead and add in Art x2 per Week and let your journey into wellness begin! If you would like to know more about Healing Play pop on over and visit my web site at www.kimbalivesay.com.