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Life is precious and fragile and with 5 aging parents 85 through soon to be 96, I know well the challenges that aging presents. My oldest client will be 91 at the end of December and he still comes in 2 times a week and maintains his workout which keeps him able bodied and sharp as a tack. He has been the 5 minute “planker ” until he took a fall about 5 years ago. This year on his birthday we will do 91 repetitions of about 6 exercises and build back up to planking.

I tend to see people as they are, not how they were which helps to be more available to what they need now and adapt and change. Let’s face it, there are lots of things that happen from falls to, memory issues and fears that arise when you navigate the next path. I also don’t tend to think about when people are gone so I can enjoy them now but there is no denying the ever changing strength, movement and failure of body parts that occur no matter how much we try to avoid aging. My job is to keep people as resourceful as possible so they can enjoy their lives to the best of their abilities.  I continue to push them within their capabilities so they can be as functional as possible for as long as possible. I see clients from their teens through their 100’s and some of my older clients are young whipper snappers and will give the younger ones a run for their money.

There are some incredible things about aging.

I know what I know, I don’t care for the most part what I don’t know.

I don’t need to be a no it all and will leave that to the ego driven maniacs that want to be right.

I know that all paths generally lead to the same direction, they just take a little longer when you are trying to invent the wheel.

I know that gravity works in one direction so I do everything in my power to stay uplifted and reaching.

But I know if I fall to the floor I’m closer to gravity and I’m liable to find what I lost on the floor but couldn’t see it standing.

Reaching for the apple on the highest branch and climbing the tallest mountain so I still can the next day is paramount to muscle strength and agility.

I know that being right is only right for me.

I know that it will take a little longer sometimes to do certain things than it used to

I know that I never liked cleaning so why pretend I do 

I learned if I don’t send every card or make every call the phone won’t ring and that’s ok.

I learned that select hearing is good so as my ears fail, my ability to tolerate rude comments increases (since I either don’t hear them, or let them get to me).

I’ve also learned if I don’t step up, someone else will.  

I’ve learned I love my peace and quiet and don’t need to be in the fray

I hated when calipers or other systems measured body fat come up more just because you are older.  I never got the  concept because I thought I could combat that but I can’t … muscle strength does decrease as you age but you can sure as hell do everything in your power to stay strong.

I know that I am in better shape in many ways that I ever was.  

I soooo LOVE I finally get medicare … YAY

What I don’t love 

Hmmmm 

I don’t love when I get ahead of myself into pigeon hole thinking like:

You only have 20 good years left

What about you?

Here are some comments I got when I asked clients and friends:

I don’t like anything about aging.

It’s the wonder years: I Wonder where they went, where I’m going and how to find my way home

“I don’t believe in aging”

It’s all in your head

You have to have humor 

Fate could take a bad turn

Let’s just put it this way I’m on the other side of the grass

Wisdom and compassion are important

Well let’s face it, it’s the shits, it doesn’t have a happy ending 

Friendships are the best thing about aging

I think it’s great. I could think about my wrinkles, thin hair and belly but why would I worry about that. Who knows how much time I have left 

I think if you accomplish everything you want to do in life then you’ve had a good life

Set goal early in life

And Finally from my Dad who is 87 today: I don’t like it. I accept it.

It’s not easy for him as he’s lost most of his vision and has a hard time walking but he still puts up the good fight, gets up and dressed every morning, plays solitude, gets to his big magnifier so he can somewhat manage see a bit, takes ready wheels and always loves a party dancing and singing. Friday we will have a lunch with 10 of his buddies celebrate. He wanted the cast of thousands (we’ve had plenty of those but we compromised). It’s impressive he has that many friends he wants to see.

It’s the years of joy 
that make the days worthwhile 
The friendships shared of the heart and soul
The caring and sharing over the years gone by
Life moves swiftly while time now stands still
Memories sustain us as we navigate each step
It’s an arduous climb as we cling to our past 
To keep our sanity and love in our hearts
Days are long and nights can be cold 
But the gift of friends are plentiful 
And make the ride worthwhile. 
Take each day as it comes 
and bless each 
waking moment.  

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mbeke
1 month ago

This is beautiful 🤩

Marsha
1 month ago

Fun post, Cindy. Happy birthday to your dad. My dad would have been 95 on October 12.

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

🙂 You are so welcome. 🙂 Thanks to you also.

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

I am. Thanks, Cindy

Ana Daksina
Reply to  Marsha
23 days ago

That would have been my dad’s birthday too!

Ana Daksina
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
22 days ago

😊🙏🏼

Gabriela Marie Milton
1 month ago

That’s so uplifting and so wonderful Cindy. I love this post. Stay blessed and inspired.
Sending love and hugs.

Gabriela Marie Milton
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

My pleasure Cindy. More love and hugs to you too! Enjoy the rest of your day.
xoxo

Gabriela Marie Milton
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

🙏🌸❤️🌺🌹🤗

ecohorizons
Reply to  Gabriela Marie Milton
1 month ago

Uniting forever through an awesome call,
A mission we reach  forever and for  all ,
Whatever we find   , we can  recall,
It is a splendid joy to take this role ,
sparking  a rainbow light above control,
Far  through eternity of a heavenly  soul…
Stars do shine beautifully  overall…

Gabriela Marie Milton
Reply to  ecohorizons
1 month ago

❤️

Timothy Price
Timothy Price
1 month ago

Fabulous post Cindy. As you know I lost my mom in August. She was 97. Dad died in 2007. Laurie’s parents are 90 and 88. Happy Birthday to your dad. My birthday is today, also.

Timothy Price
Timothy Price
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

My friend Susan’s birthday is today, also. We have done photography jaunts in the past, but last year was out, and were still thinking about what to do this year.

Ingrid
1 month ago

Happy Birthday to your dad Cindy: he looks very well to me! 🎂 I echo your sentiments here. How wonderful to read:
‘My job is to keep people as resourceful as possible so they can enjoy their lives to the best of their abilities.’
That is a beautiful job you are doing ❤️

cheriewhite
1 month ago

“But I know if I fall to the floor I’m closer to gravity and I’m liable to find what I lost on the floor but couldn’t see it standing.” I love this! It gave me a good chuckle! 😁😂

Such an awesome post, Cindy! Wishing your dad a fabulous birthday! 🎂🎁🎉

cheriewhite
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

You’re most welcome. 💖

cheriewhite
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Back atcha, girl! 🤗🤗🤗

Group militry
Reply to  cheriewhite
30 days ago

🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

Group militry
Reply to  cheriewhite
30 days ago

Sent me your hangout email🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

cheriewhite
Reply to  Group militry
30 days ago

I don’t have a “hangout” email. My apologies. 🙂

cheriewhite
Reply to  cheriewhite
30 days ago

Sure.

cheriewhite
Reply to  cheriewhite
30 days ago

Wait, hold up. Who is this?

cheriewhite
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
30 days ago

Oh Lord, I’m glad you did. I didn’t bother to read the person’s name and thought I was talking to you. But then it hit me that this person was a stranger and I was horrified. I guess my brain shorted out! 😂🤣😂🤣 I don’t know.

cheriewhite
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
29 days ago

It’s okay, sweetie. But yeah, he was a weird one.

cheriewhite
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
29 days ago

Bahahaha! There ya go! I’ll definitely jot that one down as an idea! Because you’re right, bullies don’t take the answer no very well! 😀

cheriewhite
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
29 days ago

😂🤣😂🤣 Exactly! And why not? I capitalize on my old bullies’ past and (with some of them) present bad behavior! So, why not this guy! Heck! That’s the best kind of payment there is, girl! 😁😁😁

cheriewhite
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
29 days ago

😁😆😁😆😁😊

cheriewhite
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
29 days ago

Oh, nooo! I sure didn’t. Hahaha!

Athira
1 month ago

Happy birthday to your dad Cindy…
Such an amazing write up…
Age is just a number🙂

Athira
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

My pleasure Cindy..yeah, thank you!

Athira
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
30 days ago

🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

francisashis
1 month ago

Wish your beloved dad ,many many happy returns of the day.🎂💐🌹🎵🎻🌷🎶😊🙏💗

francisashis
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

My pleasure.🙏😊💗

gabychops
1 month ago

Wonderful, wise post, Cindy, that I love!!
Happy Birthday! to your Dad.

Joanna

Kym Gordon Moore
1 month ago

Happy Birthday to your father Cindy. 🎂🎈🍰🎉🥳 What a beautiful rumination on the facets of aging. Love this girlfriend. You are so blessed that you have your father to still share some amazing lessons and memories with. Bless you! ✨🙏🏼💖

Kym Gordon Moore
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Arm loads of hugs and smooches coming your way girlfriend. 🤗💖😘 Have a FANtabulous day Cindy! Happy celebrating!!! 🥳✨💃🏼

Kym Gordon Moore
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

🤗🥰🤗

Laleh Chini
1 month ago

Beautiful ❤️🌺

Laleh Chini
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Always pleasure sweetheart.🥰

Laleh Chini
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
30 days ago

😘🤗

SamSahana
1 month ago

Oh, how inspiring! Your oldest client is a wonder and I hope he keeps on with his progress. “I tend to see people as they are, not how they were”- Actially, this is the attitude many fitness trainers so desperately need to adopt.
Happy birthday to your dad!! He’s so cute. Pass on this blogging friend’s love to him 💖
I think it’s beautiful that you get to be around the ageing and ailing. 🙂 There’s a lot to learn from them.

Offshorewriter
1 month ago

Happy birthday to your dearest Father ❤️❤️❤️. I so love this whole post as it is gracious and beautiful. 😍😍 This made me emotional too 😥😥. Hope you had a wonderful day, convey him our wishes too dear Cindy ❣️

GraceoftheSun
1 month ago

Wonderful post , Cindy. Happy Birthday to your dad!!Lots of love to him. Beautiful !💕❤️💕

GraceoftheSun
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

You are so welcome , Cindy.💕❤️💕

Group militry
Reply to  GraceoftheSun
30 days ago

💗💞💗💗💞💞💗💗💞💞🪴🪴🪴🪴

MousumiSays
1 month ago

A very happy birthday to your dad!🎂

MousumiSays
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

It’s all my pleasure, Cindy. Feel good to know about your noble job!!❤💖💗

Aaysid
1 month ago

Such a lovely, heartwarming, and inspirational post! Made me smile. Happy Birthday to your dad! 😊😊

Aaysid
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

My pleasure.😊❤

Miriam Hurdle
1 month ago

Happy birthday to your dad, Cindy! What a lovely post and reflection on aging. <3 <3

~M
~M
1 month ago

Happy birthday to your dad. 🥳

Era
Era
1 month ago

Hey, Cindy, how you have been?
Beautifully penned post, and happy birthday to your dad 💙

Era
Era
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
30 days ago

That’s great, I m doing fine too, and as usual, many things going on in life simultaneously too
Take care 💙🤗

Era
Era
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
30 days ago

💙🤗🤗

ChallEngEr
1 month ago

Great motivation to the elderly.God bless🧡

Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
1 month ago

Lovely tribute to your Dad., Cindy. Happy Birthday, Dad! 🙂

Samreen Asad
1 month ago

Happiest birthday to your Dad Cindy, May God bless him with good health. Wonderful post, loved it❤️
You are such an amazing person Cindy, love you😊🤗🤗💖💖💕

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
28 days ago

Entirely my pleasure dear 🤗❤️ I am good dear, thank you🙂 Son has started going to school, so a different routine these days. Hope all is well with you too lighthouse 💖❤️💖❤️ Stay blessed!! ❤️🥰🌹

marlene ford gf Sesse
marlene ford gf Sesse
1 month ago

Lovely post, Happy birthday to your dad. You are so blessed to have such a loving family.,I lost both of my parents at pretty young ages and my three siblings all passed quite young as well. You are so right savor the moments you can be together to share a laugh a cry or even a big hug 🤗
You are a blessing as well as being blessed❤️🙏😻🥰😇

rothpoetry
1 month ago

A great post Cindy! Your dad is right we grow older… and we have to accept it! What other choice do we have! He looks great for 87!

Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections
1 month ago

Wonderfully written, Cindy with great points to ponder. When asked if I wished I was younger, I always respond the same way – “And be that dumb again? No thanks.” … Last, but not least, Happy Birthday to your dad.

Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

A toast to a birthday!

Ana Daksina
Reply to  Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections
23 days ago

Hear, hear!🤣

Jeff Flesch
1 month ago

Awww, what a lovely post, dear Cindy. Love the commentary on aging, some funny, some sad, all real and authentic. Your dad is amazing, a super duper cute video. And, your poem is a blessing to us all, just as you are. ❤️🌷🥰🤗💖

Jeff Flesch
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
30 days ago

Aww, dearest Cindy. You are most welcome, always. Thank you for the love and appreciation. Your comment brings a huge smile to my face and warmth to my heart. It is an honor to share my heart with you, and with our blogging family. You all mean the world to me; and I feel particularly lucky to have connected so deeply with you. Grateful. Namaste, dearest Cindy. 🙏❤️🥰

salsaworldtraveler
1 month ago

There are so many things to comment on in this post. I’ll just say aging beats the hell out of the alternative, and Happy Birthday to your father.

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
1 month ago

💜 This is Awesome SupaSoulSis; it’s a Great Gift to “Age” Gracefully whether Pottering around Gardens and Catching Up with Family and Friends or Actively Exercising and Catching Up with Family and Friends or HowEver One CHOOSES!!! to “Age”…for Me Personally Engaging with My EEP!!! (Energetic Evolution Process) seems to Have Halted My “Ageing”; it’s Kinda Weird because pretty much EveryThing I Do These Days Runs Counter To My Conventional Education (Head) as I Continue to Get Used to Energetic Education (Heart)…watching The Movie 🎬 ‘Cocoon’ by Ron Howard has Helped Me as I Try and Get My Head Around this Energy Phenomenon I Was NEVER!!! Conventionally Taught About; as for “Gravity” that’s Macro Physics (Newton, Einstein et al), so I Guess I AM Talking Micro Physics (Quantum Theory) that Einstein HATED!!! oft expressed with His Quote “God does not play dice with the universe…”

…💛💚💙…

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
30 days ago

💜 YOU!!! ARE Most Welcome SupaSoulSis and Thank YOU!!! for YOUR!!! Kind Words; it’s a Pleasure to Share and Serve, Stay Strong and Serene, We ARE One who ARE Many rather than Many who ARE One

…💛💚💙…

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
30 days ago

💜 I AM and I Hope YOU!!! Do Too; hearing lots of Angry People who ARE Struggling with The ENERGIES!!! on Offer 😂🤣😅😆😁😄😃😀🙂 🙃😉😊

…💛💚💙…

Bharath Upendra
1 month ago

I think I need a therapy session with you. 😅

Bharath Upendra
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
30 days ago

I’ll leave that to you 🙂

Bharath Upendra
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
30 days ago

Is that how you shoo potential clients?😂

mike
mike
30 days ago

My first sense I was getting old: It suddenly hit me that the models in my favorite reading magazine (Playboy) seemed to be getting too young, I was only in my mid twenties. Tsk tsk tsk

With the passing of so many decades, I am often surprised by what I see in the mirror, that man is too old for how I feel and see myself in my minds eye.

A movie line from “Act of Valor” sums it up nicely. A navy seal began his death letter to his son with this (I paraphrase because it has been a long time since I saw the movie): ‘The worst thing about getting old is that when you walk in to a room full of warriors, you are no longer seen as danderous.

We may still feel like warriors, but….

Another enjoyable read, thank you for that.

Daphny Aqua
30 days ago

Age is just a number 😉 Such a nice post to read Cindy and I really loved the part you talk about selective hearing,even I have mastered on that recently 😅 Its no use to get effected by people everytime they’d still talk no matter how much good you do in life 😶

Daphny Aqua
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
30 days ago

Exactly, why waste our energy in it 🙂.
Its always a pleasure 😊❤️

boundlessblessingsblog
30 days ago

Fantastic post on the beauty of aging and who says we are aging we are simply moving forward to being at peace and happiness. The video was awesome, Cindy. Thanks a lot for your valuable and positive post.👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👌👌👌

boundlessblessingsblog
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
30 days ago

Thanks again and welcome too dear Cindy. Let’s all fill our hearts with joy and happiness. Happy day to you dear. Lot’s of love and hugs 🤗🤗🤗💗💗💗

boundlessblessingsblog
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
30 days ago

🤗🤗🤗💗💗💗

boundlessblessingsblog
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
30 days ago

😊😊🤗🤗

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Isamapeace
30 days ago

Awesome!

Deborah Agustin
30 days ago

Old people are the loveliest. ❤️

Happy birthday to your Dad. I enoyed reading this.

Anawriter
30 days ago

Beautiful representation of old age.

Prakaash inspiration✍🌹
30 days ago

Great share and Happy Birthday to Dad and best wishes 💐🧀🎉

akshita1776
30 days ago

That was so beautifully heartfelt auntie!

Nancy Richy
30 days ago

Happy Birthday to your dad! As someone very wise once said “Age is mind over matter; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter!” Some things that do matter:
I’ve learned over the years that having a sense of humor is so very important.
I am never late so please don’t make me wait.
Family first; everything else takes second place.
My house will never pass the ‘white glove inspection’; deal with it.
You never know what someone is going through at any given moment so choose your words wisely and don’t judge.
Talk, really talk to your kids and grand kids and they’ll know they can talk to you about anything.
Haters gonna hate; try not to hate back. It just makes life more pleasant.
Don’t watch the news and don’t drink the Kool Aid.
Live your life as you see fit and try not to hurt anyone or be a jerk along the way.
As long as my husband doesn’t have grey hair, neither will I.
Wear pretty underwear; even if no one else sees it, I do and it makes me happy.
Listen to The Beatles as often as possible.
Check in with your God whenever you can. Even though he already knows what’s going on, he’s still a good listener.
And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make. Peace & love.

Patricia Furstenberg
30 days ago

Super post, Cindy. Happy birthday to your dad!!!

Keith
30 days ago

Cindy, great post. Kudos to you for all you do to help folks manage the aging process. Billy Graham once said “old age is not for sissies,” although he may have been citing another source. The only comment I was at odds with was not learning new things. We still have that hunger to learn, so we should remain curious. Geriatric doctors note the quest for learning to be helpful to the aging process. I love learning new things, not to be a know it all, as I am very far beneath that bar, but to be better than I was yesterday.

Keep on helping people. My guess is your clients view your efforts quite favorably. You matter. Keith

Keith
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
29 days ago

Thanks Cindy. Keep on keepin’ on. Keith