Recently we spent quality family time at Niagara Falls (the Canadian side in Ontario). My Dad just turned 65 years old and it was also my Mom’s birthday so we thought to do something special.
Dad won’t admit it but he found turning 65 difficult. Although it has been years of failing health (he was a lifelong smoker who was finally able to quit last year), being labelled a “senior” forces one to really evaluate what one can do better.
Living with Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) has forced me to make that evaluation sooner. I’ve read countless dietary books, blogs and medical articles and have tried various meal plans. I push myself that extra 5 minutes on the elliptical machine or just another 25 crunches. If I had a choice, I’d live in denial of the inevitable aging and go eat a juicy burger.
But I want more moments like this:
(That’s my Mom, Ellen, and my sister, Debra, with Sophie and I.)
The majestic beauty of the Falls reminds me to take a moment and appreciate that life is bigger than me and definitely bigger than this disease.