Living the Mashed Potato and Gravy Years

It’s really pleasant to be with, familiar, faithful, complaining a little, continually going about its business, loving to lie down. Lillian Morrison, poet, author of When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

Getting back to exercising after a few weeks away reminds me what an uphill battle it is to stay “in shape” as we age. The quote above from Morrison’s poem, Body, reminds me of how fortunate I am to have this old, familiar body that complains only a little and generally goes about its business.

As a motherless daughter of a motherless daughter—both dying in their 30s—I call my years past thirty-five “gravy years.” Now, as I approach a healthy, happy seventy-seven, my life is better than gravy, it’s a second helping of mashed potatoes with gravy on top.

Affirmation: My body is “pleasant to be with.”

Coaching questions: What’s motivating you to keep your body healthy? How’s that working out? How do you view the years following the “anniversary” year of being the same age as your mother when she died?

Photo by Parnis Azimi on Unsplash

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