I recently read a book called ‘On with the Butter!’ by Heidi Herman and wanted to share an excerpt from the book with you. This was one of my favorite parts.
Just Keep Moving
What’s most important for us to remember is that no matter our age, if we take good care of ourselves, we can be active and enjoy life. My mom once told me a story that drove this point home. She was driving on a country road in Minnesota when she saw an old Ford Model T rusting in a field. Judging by the abundance of weeds growing around the metal skeleton, she figured it had been there a long time.
As luck would have it, a few miles later, when she stopped at a traffic light, another Model T pulled up in the lane next to her. This one was impeccable —sea-green paint smoothly covered the exterior, the white-wall tires were spotless, and the chrome gleamed. She said she couldn’t help but compare the car she’d seen rusting quietly in the field with the one next to her, all shiny, oiled up, and roaring with life.
The story is an accurate analogy for life
Sometimes, it’s easy to slide into a sedentary lifestyle and, quite frankly, get rusty. As Mom would say, don’t let your body “rust up”—it’s the only one you have. If you want it to keep going, you’d better keep it moving. And the science backs her up on that.
“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.”Jackie Joyner-Kersee, American Olympic medalist
“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.”George Burns, American comedian, actor, and musician
“Keep Moving, Keep Doing, Keep Living – that’s what life’s all about.”Heidi Herman