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As I sit in the back half of my 40s, I realize that I have been pretty unkind to myself over the years. Especially when it comes to my body. I’m not saying or thinking anything that anyone my age or older doesn’t already know of course. But I’m trying to take more mental notes in order to be more accepting of how I look these days. 

I need to change the way that I look at “aging” in general. Instead of dwelling on the fact that I seem to have rolls and lumps here and there that I can’t seem to get rid of, I need to realize that I have made mistakes with what I’ve decided to eat (and drink… IPAs, I’m looking at you). And that’s ok. I get the opportunity to make better choices. Instead of focusing on how slow my running pace has become, I need to be happy that I still have the ability to get out there and run. Instead of focusing on my poor eyesight and hearing, I should focus on the fact that I have health insurance and I can get the care that I need to aid these minor inconveniences. I need to work out to make my body happy and to strengthen it and insure that I live longer, not to make me more appealing to look at (because in all actuality, I shouldn’t really care if people like the way that I look or not). 

Human bodies are kinda cool. We have the ability to take nutrients out of food, heal our cells and grow a person inside ourselves, all without thinking. Our brains can process sounds and sights and language and smells. 

I often recall Dr. Masaru Emoto’s “Water Experiment” publications entitled “Messages From Water 1 & 2” and  “The Hidden Messages in Water”. The gist of his thoughts are…. 60% of our bodies are made up of water. In his findings, “he found that water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words shows brilliant, complex, and colorful snowflake patterns. In contrast, polluted water, or water exposed to negative thoughts, forms incomplete, asymmetrical patterns with dull colors.” * I know, I know, some of you might think that all of it is just a bunch of hoo ha. But could you imagine, that if we are made up of mostly water, and if we treated ourselves more kindly, think of the positive implications it could have. 

Okay, enough of my middle aged ramblings. Happy 2021. And Happy Birthday to my twin this month.

*excerpt taken from https://whatthebleep.com/water-crystals/