A friend and her husband recently took the scenic route from Colorado back to their home in New York, making interesting stops along the way. Knowing how strongly I feel about the importance of eating well, exercise, and keeping weight at a reasonable level, she sent me this description of what she saw at one of the places they stopped to eat lunch, somewhere in the midwest.
A few years ago when I turned 50 and my world was topsy-turvy . . . I decided to get a grip. Not only had I packed on 15 post-menopausal pounds (too much of it settled around my middle), my energy lagged, and I felt gloomy and glum a lot of the time. Even worse, I started to think that midlife wasn't going to be so great after all. For the first time in my life, I had a bad attitude.
Not everything in life is a 'given.' We can never say with complete certainty that we'll be in the same job, relationship, home, or state of health, as we are right now. Life is fraught with change -- both wanted and unwanted, good and bad. This is especially true for those of us who are being squeezed into that sandwich between our children, aging parents, and everything else that life has to offer.