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Mid-Life Mojo, part 2 of 2

Robyn Openshaw - Sep 04, 2010 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Since I turned 40, I have done a bunch of stuff on my bucket list, for instance:

  1. Write three books (two published)
  2. Travel in 19 countries
  3. Take up a competitive sport and advance in it
  4. Start skiing again
  5. Do service in a 3rd world country with my kids
  6. Fall in love (that didn’t work out, but now I know it can happen!)

I’m not done, of course. I’M JUST WARMING UP! That’s the thing about shifting some of your unhealthy habits to healthy ones–you get YOUNGER and you tap energy you’d forgotten long ago that you once had. You get to do stuff on your bucket list!

I got on the back of Dixon’s Harley to drive the Alpine Loop and I was enthralled, enamored, blown away. “OMG!” was my out-loud reaction. (My secret reaction was, “Move out of my way and let me drive!”) But I am intimidated because I’m not mechanical and that kick-start thing reminds me of the lawnmower rip cord. I love mowing but hate dislocating my shoulder using the ripcord. I texted Dix and he said, DUH, they start with a button nowadays! Yay!

So, new things for my bucket list for the next 18 months? In no particular order:

  1. Go to Africa
  2. Go to Australia / New Zealand
  3. Write a couple more books
  4. Start a new web site
  5. Hold a GSG retreat
  6. Buy a Harley and learn to ride it

Somebody hold my feet to the fire and ask me how many of these I’ve done, in a year.

Please make a bucket list of what you’re going to do with all your newfound energy. Don’t let your conversations when you’re 65 be about what your cardiologist said about your need for stents and open-heart surgery, and how much your joints hurt, and how you aren’t digesting your food and the Metamucil just isn’t working any more, and how your Prilosec is bothering your stomach, and . . . .

(In case you’re wondering, that’s part of a real live conversation I had with a 65-year old person who is no longer LIVING but rather is SLOWLY DYING and it’s by CHOICE because she is reaping the sad consequences of lifestyle choices. It’s not just depressing to listen to, it’s got to be a nightmare to LIVE that life! And why? So that you can cling to the one pleasure you have left–In ‘N Out Burger?)

I have been accused of having a mid-life crisis. No way! (Where’s the crisis?)

I’m just LIVING in mid-life rather than settling into an armchair and beginning to die. When did this become the standard?! Join me for more Mid-Life Mojo than you ever dreamed possible.

Posted in: Mind/Body Connection, Whole Food

6 thoughts on “Mid-Life Mojo, part 2 of 2”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The sadder thing about the joint pain though is that it’s not just 65 year olds. My 28 year old husband has arthritis so severe that it has sometimes prevented him from working. As a kid, his family ate out at least once a week and he could down an entire gallon of milk a day. Raw foods have helped, but now he is going on a no wheat, corn, potatoes, citrus, tomatoes or nuts diet. (We already crossed off sugar, meat and dairy.) He spent his teens and most of his twenties sitting and eating and unable to do much. Now he is starting to be able to live again.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have a reverse bucket list. There are a list of things that I hope, by the time I die, I can say I have never done:

    Bungee Jumped

    Jumped out of an air plane

    Seen the Amazon

    Completed(or even started) a marathon

    Swam with dolphins. Well, you get the idea. Not the adventrous type. Mostly I like to read.

    What I do wish I could manage is to go three straight days complying with the NO list. No dairy, no gluten, no sugar, no meat/eggs/fish, no cooked foods, no caffeine, no OTC’s. I’m sure there are other No’s I’ve forgotten. I just know I would feel amazing if I could manage it, but gosh it’s hard. Especially when you have other people in the house that embrace the S.A.D. But, I have a three day weekend and I’m going to give it a shot. It’s seems overwhelming, but if I keep telling myself I don’t have to get through the whole thing at once, but just get through an hour (a minute!) at a time, I think I can do it.

    The thing is, the No List is what creates the Yes List. Say Yes to feeling really good, feeling excited about a new day when you wake up, sleeping well, being fit, having mental clarity, being free from migraines and OTC’s. It’s all in how you look at it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hey Robyn,

    I’ve been following your blog for months and have been slowly but surely been converting our eating habits (which were, admittedly, pretty good already!) to a more whole-foods style, especially with the incredible addition of Green Smoothies.

    Anyway, I just wanted to let you know, that if you were thinking of coming over to Australia, I’m here, and I’m sure you’ll find a bunch of other local followers (some of my extended family members now too!)

    I live in an incredible city, Melbourne, where you can get basically anything fresh and raw closeby. I believe we even had a raw foods restaurant, if you’re interested! We truly are living in a blessed country of sun and sea. Please come – I know you’ll love a visit here!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Danielle, ACTUALLY . . . I’ll write your email down because I tell my kids I will take them anywhere in the world, one place they choose. And my youngest has chosen Australia . . . maybe next summer!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I want to be able to nurse my next baby longer than 4 months. With my first 3 kids, my milk just dried right up after four months and the doctors told me if I didn’t supplement with formula, my kids would waste away to nothing. I know my body is made to do this, so it has to be possible.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lucky kids! Yep definitely write my email down. I’m happy to help in any way I can!

    Summer is also the best time to come, when it’s your winter, because you get to escape that awful weather and experience our sand and surf 🙂

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