When the mind is willing…
Ageing is said to be a state of mind but what happens when the body doesn’t subscribe to the train of thought? YOURLifeChoices subscriber Joan feels young but her body is stopping her from living life to the full. Can you suggest ways she can enjoy life with her limited mobility?
My biggest problem is getting my head to come to terms with my age. I am now 76. My head is continually in conflict as it can't accept that my physical body can't do the things it wants to do.
I would be interested in hearing if this is a common problem. Physically, due to health reasons, I can't do the many things I did when I was younger, but my head is in complete conflict with this and until last year, when I had a fracture just below my knee and had to spend 3 months in bed to allow the fracture to heal, I had never been worried about living alone and had always been independent. My biggest problem is I have had 6 spinal surgeries over the years, but in appearance I look healthy and feel a bit like a phoney when I go to the only activity that I can do, which is Hydro-Therapy. Having a bad back is a lot like when a woman pleads "Sorry dear, I have a headache". One has to take one's word for the pain one feels if they try to do some of what the head wants to.
The only services I use is Homecare, who come four-weekly to vacuum my unit and do my bathroom and kitchen floors. I accepted many years ago that my vacuum and I were no longer friends.
I would love to hear from others re this type of situation.