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Time is meant to be spent, as well as invested in

Bill FoxBy Bill Fox/Columnist

In my declining years, I find that I spend too much time on my computer.  I decided a while ago to give up Facebook, but one of my sons started an online Facebook petition to have me stay on it! I was gratified at the number of people who cared to sign on!  But I am still considering my options.  There must be better choices for the use of my time.  I’m off to B.C. for a week, to spend time with my oldest son, his wife and my grandchildren there. I miss them so much and love spending time with them, especially the twins (a boy and a girl) who just turned one! Grandparents will tell you they love spending time with their grandchildren and I do love spending time with my three and 10-year-old granddaughters as well.  The 10 year old especially seems wise beyond her years!

I realize that for the past few years I have spent little time exercising.  So on the recommendation of my doctor, I try occasionally to walk more and to help challenge myself I bought a ‘step-counter’.  My counter happens to be a Fit Bit.  I like the name!  Trying to be a little bit, fit!   Each day I can see how many steps I take. If I take 5000 or more steps, I feel accomplished! It’s no longer relevant that I played hockey when I was 50, or that I used to swim regularly at the Civic!   What time am I spending now to invest in my health?  I am noticing however, some things about aging that I find to be challenging.  Maybe some of you or your parents can relate to some of these observations:

-As I get more forgetful, I realize that walking around looking for my glasses (which sometimes are on my head), or searching for my wallet or keys, is a form of exercise…I am in fact using up a few hundred steps!

-Occasionally I have the ‘dropsy’ and have to bend down, reach and stretch to pick up a dropped item.  I find the bending, reaching and stretching particularly needed while putting on my socks in the morning.

-My step-counter reveals I do about 150 steps during the night.  This additional exercising is in response to additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom.

-If you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it is nature’s way of getting us moving more.

As we get older, we should remember the following 10 points:

  1. Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day.  Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother your for weeks!
  2. All of us could take a lesson from the weather!  It pays no attention to criticism.
  3. Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today may be a burning issue tomorrow.
  4. In the 1960s, some people took street drugs to make the world look weird.  Now the world is weird and some take Prozac to make it look normal again!
  5. Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital dying of nothing.
  6. They say that men have two motivations: hunger and hanky panky and sometimes older men can’t tell them apart.  If you see a gleam in his eye, ladies give him a sandwich.
  7. Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
  8. There is a God Dividend! According to one Toronto researcher, “Spirituality is one pathway among others that appears to mediate end-of-life anxiety by allowing older persons to remain peaceful, even when facing their own death and losing personal control.”
  9. Life is sexually transmitted!
  10. Death is the number one killer in the world!

I’m at ‘bdfox@rogers.com’, if I can remember to look at my emails.