Don’t let your doubts sabotage your actions is an important slogan I came across today on a Facebook page. Sometimes, we do sabotage our actions because we think we cannot have the actions we desire. We think that perhaps we are not worthy to try them, we are not intelligent enough to perform them and therefore we do not try to do them. You can apply that to anything you want to do. If you are older, you think it is too late, if you are young, you think there is lots of time to accomplish them and if you are in between, you think there may be time to do it later on.
Dad use to say today is good, tomorrow will be better and the future is wonderful. However, we cannot wait for the future for everything good to happen to us. We have to do it now, when we are possibly in better health, than later on when our health may be compromised. I know of many people who took chances later in their life and were quite successful in attaining their dreams.
My own brother went back to get a pharmacy degree when he was about thirty-six and he already had a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He went to school full time and drove a truck to make a living for his family. I had a hairdresser who went to school to be a registered nurse while she worked at hair styling. I know of a person who went back and got a further degree when he already was an attorney. I went back and got my first degree when I was thirty- four and graduated when I was thirty-nine and had a family. These other folks were thinking ahead and their futures were enhanced. In my doing this, I did it to increase my knowledge, my ego, and my thoughts.
It is never too late to increase your knowledge and now days, you can do a lot online. I know a young woman getting a master’s degree and doing most of it online while she works a day job as an assistant to an orthopedic group of doctors. She wants to further her knowledge and her income possibilities. She is putting off having children for a year or two to finally obtain this long sought for degree.
You can also apply this to forms of learning a sport to increase your physical activity for your health. You can take courses without obtaining a degree and it also protects your mind from being dormant. Of course, my favorite sport/activity/mind use is ballroom dancing, where you move your body, use your mind and move about a lot.
You can read books a lot, you can do puzzles, you can dance, play golf or tennis. Anything that keeps you active physically and mentally embellishes your life. When I was a kid, the library was your FRIEND. A friend it was because we did not have money to go to bookstores for our books. So we went there almost daily either for references for our school homework or for our love of books. If we were fortunate enough to have money to buy a book, we savored it, took care of it and cradled it as if it was a pet. We had no pets in those days because we could not afford their food or care. When my brother married in 1952, he bought a dog. I did not know of anyone in my early years that had a dog. This was an interesting observation for me to see a pet in his home.
Of course, when my kids were about seven and eleven, we bought our first pet, a little white Pekingese and we named her Candy because she looked like a big fluffy white candy you bought at a state fair or carnival. This was new to me to be a pet owner and then when she passed on, we bought a second one and named her Rhumba which you can figure out how she got her name.
They say pets help especially older people who are alone to have someone to talk to, to care for and to have companionship.
Anything that encourages good mental health for us at any age is interesting and worthwhile.
Do not let anything sabotage, demolish or put you out of commission. You at any age now can still be worthwhile, productive, happy and content.
The hour glass sand is falling slowly and there is so much time left for us to aggrandize and extend our lives by increasing our mind’s ability to continue on and to help ourselves physically too with any exercising we can do. Take the word sabotage and exchange it for encouragement.