By Lynn Turcotte-Schuh
At 35 years of age, I know I am a young contributor for a group called Fit After Fifty – but I hope I can inspire you with my perspective. “Life-Long Learning” is a collection of thoughts I have been filing away while watching the generation before me. One of the most important things I have learned about growing older is that…
#2: You need to live each day like it’s your only. (Click here to check out lesson #1)
I know the saying is, “live each day like it’s your last”; but to me, that evokes too much melancholy. It makes you think of all the things you will be losing and makes it difficult to stay in the moment. I have re-worded the phrase to something much more positive and hopeful. “Live each day like it’s your only.” If you only ever had one day to live, you would do things very differently. Here is my list:
- I would not be bothered by the little things that go wrong, instead I would be grateful to be having experiences and would take joy in the mundane.
- I would surround myself with people who brought a positive energy and light into my environment rather than allowing someone to drain me or bring me down.
- I would have appreciation and gratitude for every moment and I would make sure that I spent those moments with the people that mean the most to me, doing the things that mean the most to me.
- I would care for my body to the best of my ability to show reverence for the amazing self that I am.
- I would dare to go outside the box and try something that frightened me a bit. I’m not talking sky diving here, but maybe striking up a conversation with someone new.
- I would hug a little longer, kiss a bit more often, and hold my baby as tight as she would allow for as long as she would allow.
- I would laugh, really hard, as many times as I could.
- I would say “thank you” to the universe for giving me this one, perfect, amazing day.
Luckily for us, we don’t have only one day to live – we have a whole lifetime. Whether that lifetime lasts for 20 years or 90, would it really matter if we lived each of our days as if it were our only?
Lynn Turcotte-Schuh lives with her family in Voluntown, CT on 14 acres of beautiful nature. She was certified as a Health Coach in July of 2011 through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is a member of the International Association of Health Coaches and the American Academy of Drugless Practitioners as well as a Team Member at Nutrisults, a company poised to help people age gracefully.
In 2013, Lynn founded Happy Mama Wellness – an organization whose mission is to help parents model healthy behaviors in all areas of life so that our children can be the next generation of leaders in the wellness revolution.