Friday, July 20, 2012

We Are Young

There are endless sayings that go alone with aging:

"You are as young as you feel,"
"Age is just a number,"
"Kids keep you young,". 

Most days I forget that I will be forty in a couple of years and when reminiscing everything seems like it was just a year or two ago...not over 15.
Many times I look in the mirror and am shocked when my younger self is not staring back at me. Where did she go and who is this person she has been replaced with?
I think my mind is perpetually stuck in my mid 20's.

For the last two weeks I have been taking classes at Pure Barre. It is located one of those live, work, play type areas that are popular and some of stores in the plaza, can be described as ritzy. I tried not to think about it and was only reminded about what/who I might encounter when Tim brought it up. I was actually more worried about passing out from the workout...since it truly has been so long since I got my sweat on.

Taking these classes has reminded me that while I may be 20-something in my head...my body is not. Having kids has aged me, has re-shaped my body. Just getting older has transformed my body into something I am still trying wrap my head around. I remember the body I use to have and I wish I had just appreciated it more. Clothes only hang the right way in my head because once they are on my body, it's a totally different outfit.

In these classes I am not the youngest. And thankfully I am also not the oldest. But as I see these young things with their flat stomachs and perky boobs and no cares in the world I want to tell them to not take it all for granted. Cherish it all and take care of it well, it's the only body you have and it needs to last.

"Tonight
We are young
So let’s set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun"
We Are Young - sung by Fun featuring Janelle Monae




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