How many times have you looked in the mirror and wondered, “Who is that person looking back at me? Surely that face does not belong to me, because I’m not nearly that old!” When someone makes the statement that we are only as old as we feel, that age can make very dramatic swings from one day to the next.

As an octogenarian, I am so pleased when sometimes I’m told that I don’t look that old; and I honestly don’t feel that old most of the time. I don’t think that “old” is equal to “age.” Because of life’s ups and downs related to health, personal issues, money concerns, spiritual needs, etc. a person can be old at a young age or still young at an advanced age.   When I think about the many years that have passed, miles traveled and rivers crossed during my lifetime, I concede that I have earned every one of those wrinkles and gray hairs I see in the mirror; but I still do not consider myself old.

I have come to believe in exercise. I “worked out” at Curves for many years until the owner closed the business. Then I transferred to our local hospital fitness center where I really do “work out.” In addition to my exercise program, I am trying to increase my walking week by week. Guess you could say that I’m keeping that face in the mirror going as long as I can.

Another realization that I’ve been around a while is the fact that this month I’m proudly celebrating 50 years as a charter member of my IOKDS circle, with my next goal of receiving a 75-year citation. My advice to you is to keep looking at that face in the mirror while acknowledging your accomplishments and daily counting your blessings.

Carole Babel
Past International President

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