Written by: Doc Savarese Cartoon by: Peter Copen
The aging process is an enormous consideration during he later stages of life, unlike the early stages of life where one often experiences the “Gonna live forever” attitude. The transition into retirement is a big adjustment which leads to the question: “How can I make the most of my time left on this planet?” In a decade, reports the June/July edition of AARP magazine, 1 in 5 Americans will be 65+ and that 75% of them will have at least two serious health conditions. For most of us, we are not necessarily seeking a longer life, but instead a qualitative one. Look into a mirror and ask yourself: “What is it that adds or detracts from your happiness, self-worth and peace of mind? Do I greet my older self with acceptance, compassion, support and understanding?”
The essence of feeling content and happy is learning to embrace ourselves as we are today by avoiding the killer feelings of inferiority and insecurity. The behavioral manifestations of inferiority are: living with unresolved “past” conflicts, hypersensitivity, inability to accept compliments and poor self-esteem (physically, socially, and personally). Insecurity is characterized by fear and apprehension of future events which prevents the enjoyment of the present. Obviously, these “killer feelings” effect all aspects of life including physical (ie: pickleball), social and personal functioning. It is not healthy to live with the fears, pains, regrets and failed expectations of the past and future.
The goal for healthy aging is to summon love in everyday of life by making peace with life, letting go and finding joy in each and every moment. What better place to find this inner peace and happiness than here in Oakmont? Here we have the opportunity to experience the delight of being with our families and loved ones as well as establishing meaningful social connections. Truly this is a time to reinvent and find meaning for yourself.
WHERE: East Rec. Center lower courts, Courts #1 and #4.
WHEN: New players (strictly beginners) Introduction to Pickleball and Coached Play (for beginners & novices), Tuesday from 9:00 – 11 a.m. The first hour is for newbies and the second hour is for coached play.
ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles.
EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available for introduction and coached play. These balls and paddles are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball Courts. WEBSITE: https://oakmontpickleball.shutterfly.com
NEW PLAYER CONTACT: Pauly Uhr, firstname.lastname@example.org, 707-984-4186, and/or Nancy Lande, Nancy_lande@comcast.net, 707-978-2998