Whats so true about your comment is that yes, indeed, we owe Mama Nature a body, which is why I find the wholesale use of the term “anti aging” uniquely offensive. I think part of what I got out of your comment- and I am guilty at times of this as well- is about high intensity physical pursuits. Those cost. I’ve done them. What I would advocate more of, and it varies for each of us, is the gracious acceptance that 1) we’re not supermen and women, 2) we don’t need to go to extremes to prove ourselves (and I have no clue where that notion became popular but holy cow) and 3) as we age there are increasing limitations. But to your point, as we age, and by god we will, we can indeed not succumb to the popular notions of what that looks like due to societal norms around meds and memory loss. Everyone my age and older that I run into out on my training grounds- and there are many of them- recognize that which we no longer have. We do work hard with what we have left, fight off sarcopenia and loss of long capacity as best we can, but it’s not about extremity so much as simple quality of life. Still active (as your case, skiing) and doing what you and I can do with what we have.

We get old when we stop playing, John, and you haven’t. That’s my whole point. We don’t have to ski extreme lines. The point is, to play. That lubricates the funny bone, and nothing but nothing keeps us young at heart more than playing, in all spheres of life.

This morning I had to have both hips xrayed. They no longer handle 35 hour international trips so well any more. However, my doc (who’s a jock, which is why I see her) pushed me to keep pushing. If I quit, I’ll become immobile. I will never do Everest (for MANY reasons) but I can still ride, kayak, bike and a lot more. I don’t have to do it at the elite level. Frankly, who gives a crap?I just want to keep doing it.

Thanks for your comment. We have 2 1/2 feet of new snow in the high country (if I heard the news correctly) so you might wanna book a ski holiday in these parts….!

Horizon Huntress, prize-winning author, adventure traveler, boundary-pusher, wilder, veteran, aging vibrantly. I own my sh*t. Let’s play!

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