If you’d asked me what independent meant to me 10 years ago, I would have had a very different take on the word. Nearing July 4th in the States, I’d probably blather on something about our country.
This year my parents, who are in their late 80s, have had a lot of issues. I have watched their independence being whittled away, slowly but surely. I have spent most of my life observing my parents & knowing that I wanted something different out of my life. I love my parents, but they are a clear roadmap for what I don’t want in life.
I want to live better, not longer. There are many things in life I cannot change: accidents, illness, acts of God. There is also so much that I can change: what I put in my mouth, how I react to situations, how I move my body.
I want to be running for the rest of my life. Even more than running, I want to be independent: I want to be able to do what I want, when I want, without having to rely on others to take care of me.
Remaining independent as we age isn’t easy. There’s a quote from the movie “The American President”: America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad.
Anything worth having isn’t easy. You gotta want it bad. Remaining independent as we age definitely isn’t easy, but I do want it bad (and pardon the bad grammar!). I plan to run into my “golden” years & remain independent.
What does independent mean to you? Do you think running helps with being independent?