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How I Plan On Actively Chasing My Dreams Into Old Age

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HeadlineA lot of folks seem to complain that an anti-aging lifestyle is too hard, because “I’d have to give up so much.” They see the problem as one of subtraction.

For me, the challenge is addition.

Yes, I’ve chosen to give up or cut back on a few things. But I’ve added in an awful lot more. In fact, the only problem I have is a loaded schedule.

Well, actually, it’s that my day is loaded, but it’s not on a schedule. I’ve been trying to add in anti-aging activities on a more or less as-available basis.

But I’ve reached a crisis point. This piecemeal approach isn’t working for me. I’ve now added more to my day than I can comfortably handle.

I need a schedule.

Living with 3 cats makes this challenge enough. But half of HB’s work is in the theater. Normally, she’s working on two or three theater projects at a time. She can be tied up at all hours of the day and night. And most of her projects only last for 3 or 4 months. So her schedule changes constantly.

But if I’m going to make it all work, I have to do something. So I’m trying to work out a routine. Because I’ve added a lot into my life.

I need time in the morning to exercise consistently. So I need to get to bed at a reasonable hour pretty much every night. And that means HB may sometimes come home from her theater work to a sleeping husband.

And since meditation is a powerful stress buster, I’d like to be able to do more of it. Trying to work it in “when I have time” has meant I hardly ever meditate.

Of course, there are also the million little things, like juicing, that don’t take a lot of extra time individually. But they sure add up when you put them all together.

Plus, I’d like to be able to spend more time pursuing my passions – wildlife photography and volunteering at the local zoo. If I managed my time better, I could.

I have an obsessive-compulsive streak, but it doesn’t seem to include scheduling. I suppose it could be because I’m a child of the “free spirit” 1960s. So this kind of consistency doesn’t come naturally to me.

But the reward is well worth effort. When I finally hit retirement age, I want to be able to look forward to a few more decades. Decades HB and I can spend actively chasing our dreams.

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