Have you ever been guilty of looking at someone your own age and thinking, Surely, I can't look that old?
A friend of mine told me she was sitting in the waiting room for her first appointment with a new dentist.
"I noticed his DDS diploma, whith his full name. I remembered a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with the same name from my high school class 40 years ago. Could this be the same guy I had a crush on way back then?"
"When I sat in the dental chair and saw him, I discarded any such thought. This balding gray-haired man with a deeply lined face was way too old to have been in my class. After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended George Washington High School in Denver, Colorado."
"Yes I did, I'm a Patriot," he responded with pride.
"What year did you graduate?"
"Class of '78, why do you ask?"
"You were in my class!"
He stared at me for a few moments. Then that ugly, old, bald, wrinkled, fat, gray, decrepit son of a biscuit asked, "What did you teach?"
Our Christian Writer Group consists of mostly writers over the age of 60 so we can relate to this story. We've been blessed with long lives. Everyone I know wants to live a long life. At the same time, all of us in the WCCWN know this life is not the end. The best is yet to come. None-the-less, we all want a long healthy life. Here is a short list how to make that happen.
If you want to age gracefully, you can do what people in Blue Zones do. Blue Zones are areas of the world with a high concentration of people over the age of 100. Those who live in Blue Zones:
-Make movement a natural part of their day
-Live with a purpose
-Have a strong sense of community
-Drink alcohol in moderation
-Eat a plant-based diet, and never until they're stuffed.
Two of these activities fall into the scope of our group; we have a purpose - to write for the Kingdom of God no matter the genre.
And we have a strong sense of community. Not only do we meet regularly every Monday morning, a men's coffee group meets on Friday mornings and a prayer group meets Thursday afternoons on ZOOM. Holiday parties and social gatherings on special occasions are common. We are the Body of Christ, knit together by love for one another.