Republishing this post from 2010. It’ll explain my next post as I ponder my age this year.. which might be 1220Phoenix. Not sure yet…
For a long long time now, I have chosen my age just before my birthday. My family has been ever so kind to honour the age I choose – wonderful beings that they are.
The fact is, I’ve been doing this for so long now, that if I do need to know my ‘legal age’, I ask my daughters or I have to calculate!
This is not vanity. This is my way of not allowing my own perceptions of age to affect how I live my life. I started ‘age choosing’ when I noticed in my thoughts that I was questioning how long I would be able to continue to waterski.
For many years, I’ve practised and experienced the power of thought and visualization for improving sport ability and for healing nasty sport injuries. Three times I was told I would never ski again. I’m grateful for the seemingly magic of visualizing because I continue to ski.
And so I applied the same principles – the power of thought – to my thinking about my age. It works like a charm for me, because honestly, even still when I think in terms of ‘age,’ I am surprised at the chaos of limiting beliefs that have been formed in my thoughts.
Ever think you are too old to write a book, hike a mountain, or start a new career? Then you understand. I seriously can’t have those kind of thoughts in my head. I’d still be back in the corporate world if I’d allowed those to take hold!
A few years back, my dog’s vet was surprised I still skiied and played hard. He said, “So, isn’t it time you started aging gracefully?” Excuse me? No! I was a baby still in my 40’s! I was inspired to change vets.
To me ‘aging gracefully’ triggered beliefs that would not serve me well. For you, however, it may be an empowering thought.
Now about my amaranteenth birthday..
About six years ago I chose 37.5. But the next year, I realized I needed to add some years for wisdom, so I turned ‘ageless’, then ‘timeless’, then ‘eternal’, then ‘nana age’. My age comes to me from an “aha” moment, a daughter, or a thesaurus. Today’s choice was via a thesaurus. When I found the word amaranthine, as a synonym to eternal, I leaped in the air! Amaranthine means:
eternally beautiful and unfading; everlasting, and has been used in reference to an unfading imaginary flower. “Perfect!” I thought, “what a beautiful age to be!” And so, I am celebrating my amaranteenth birthday tomorrow!
This should keep creaky bones and cranky thoughts about getting older in check.