During the past week, it seemed to me that every subject somehow turned to aging, and the options one faces as the years take their toll. The discussions pertained mostly to cons and not many pros. It caused me to recall my youth and some of the first occasions when I realized the impending challenges of aging.
You see, years ago I distinctly remember questioning the large brown spots on the hands and arms on one of my dad’s older brothers. You see, as a young person I thought these spots seemed serious, and it puzzled me to think my elders were not overly concerned. So, I asked my mother to explain.
It is at this point you are realizing I was not a teenager, since teenagers are convinced their parents know absolutely nothing and would absolutely die before admitting a parent could provide any insight to any question. So, you know that I must have been about ten or eleven. Well, my mother explained the fact that as one ages, it is not uncommon for one to develop age spots.
Later in life, I would read that scientists believe these spots are the result of overexposure to sunlight. Then as the years flew by, I seemingly forgot about these spots, also known by many as “liver spots,” and interestingly enough have nothing to do with one’s liver. By the way, researchers have not come to any conclusion as to how this phenomenon occurs.
However, as I kept having birthdays, I was totally surprised when one day I noticed those brown spots developing on the back of my very own hands. All of a sudden, I found myself considering the fact that I was aging. It seems that quietly and without warning I had become a senior citizen. So, what did that mean? Was I suddenly expected to act differently? After all, I have always believed that one’s age is simply a state of mind, and since I have never been one to give up, I simply choose to live life to its fullest.
While some opt to slow down, I believe that (for me) that is not the best policy. I want to wake up every day with a purpose, instantly don that smile on my face and go about Newberry trying to make the world a better place to live, work, and play. That is MY goal, and I encourage you to make up your mind regarding how you choose to age, but please, do it gracefully, that is, “Do it with a smile on your face!”
Here at your Chamber, we encourage smiles! We also encourage and invite you to participate in your local Chamber of Commerce. Our members are encouraged to attend Chamber events simply because these functions provide networking opportunities as well a time to discuss what is happening throughout Newberry County.
Please stop and allow either Liz, Michelle, Shevonna, or me to tell you how you might improve your lifestyle by becoming a member of your Newberry County Chamber of Commerce. If you cannot stop by, give us a call at 276-4274. We would love to hear from you.