Just as I concluded teaching a lively senior fitness class, one woman asked, “May I share something with everyone?” Let me first tell you that this particular fitness class in Avon Lake is a fun and talkative group of students, aged 50+ to about 85 years, so at hearing this request, the students and I fully encouraged her to tell us what was on her mind!
The student eagerly related to us how happy she was feeling because she had enjoyed a special occasion with her family during the past weekend. Her 25-year-old grandson, who works hard at his career, had recently bought a house, and had invited the family over for Sunday dinner.
She had expected a simple dinner, maybe hamburgers, but the young man impressed the family with his previously unknown culinary talents, providing a deliciously prepared meal, complete with dessert.
The point of her story was to share how good she felt from this family occasion. She was still reveling in her pride and satisfaction. Simply being included in the invitation had made her feel important as a grandparent and a person of value, but the extra effort her grandson had put into providing a quality meal truly impressed her, as well.
The class congratulated her and it led into more conversation about how we feel a sense of success and accomplishment through our children and grandchildren. Their exemplary deeds satisfy our own self-worth. We like to think we’ve “done something right,” somewhere along the generational line, and we are grateful.
I encourage anyone over 50 years old to find an age-appropriate fitness class near them, as the friendships made are priceless.
Staying involved and connected with other people is a strategy for longevity, as important as exercise!