Sunday, November 10, 2019
About three times a week, I visit my mom who is in a loving Skilled Nursing Facility. She has resided there for almost 3 years. Because of certain health restrictions, she is unable to live in an assisted residence; right now her living situation works for her as well as for the family.
When I am visiting, I see patients who have told me more than once to enjoy my life now, every second of it because it goes by so darn fast. “Don’t take things for granted,” they would say; “be grateful for what you can do in your life now.”
The past three years I have been paying attention. I try to invite passion in my day, not to “sweat the small stuff” and to appreciate the fact that I am able to get up easily, walk miles and still keep an active life.
And life goes by ever so quickly.
I am a true believer that living slowly is possible at any age.
Maybe it is just getting out of your comfort zone and going to do something new. A friend of mine has signed up for a water coloring class. This is a first for her, a step out of her own comfort zone, to meet new people, and to enjoy herself.
When I visit my mom, I can’t help but wonder if some of these residents are resentful that they wish they slowed down too: smell one more rose during the end of the summer months, eating ice cream for breakfast, surrounding themselves with friends and family more, sit on their front steps and enjoy the fresh air, and just take in the days at a slower pace because before you know it.......
Most importantly, to enjoy the journey...