Genesis 15:15 - You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age.
Age. Here I go, talking about reaching a number that most people might cringe on turning. Say you’re forty-nine and you’re dreading becoming fifty.
Your mind tells you to do one thing, but your body says, “Hold on! I can’t do that anymore. Don’t you know my body is tired and sick?” But we don’t want to listen to that one. So off we go putting our body in drive and doing the task no matter how much our body is screaming to stop.
How do we adjust to chronic pain getting older? Do we give up and just stay in our recliner all day? No. We look for things that we still can do and we ask for some help with a task we no longer can do.
Is it really that bad that we can’t do things that we used to be able to do? I don’t think it has to be. We just need to look for the positive things we can do.
We can put our best foot forward each day.
We can make sure we get enough sleep and eat healthy.
We can still believe that we can make a difference in someone else’s life by grasping a hold of striving to be a grateful person not a person who is always angry at the world.
Did you catch the words, “It’s okay sometimes”? I believe this is one of the keys to finding your way down the chronic health condition path as you age. It’s okay to feel what you feel, but it’s not okay to stay there.
How do we keep the right attitude when facing a long-term health condition as we age? Psychologytoday.com posts the article, “Chronic Pain, Aging, and Staying Healthy.” The article discusses how a change in pain reception affects pain as you age, how age affects your general health and ways to deal with declining health while living with chronic pain.
It is difficult, as we age, to cope with our minds telling us to do one thing, and our body says another. Not being able to do what we want to do can bring down our spirits and cause us to feel guilty about what our hearts feel. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
We can make an effort to change our attitude about aging just as the Bible verse above states. This verse was speaking of one of the kings who lived during Bible times and his death. It says that the king was buried, “at a good old age.” The verse doesn’t say, “a bad old age,” but a good one. When thinking about getting older, try to remember that it doesn’t have to be all negative. We can find good in it even if we do have a chronic health issue.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.