This last week I have been getting a lot of running “memories” via my Facebook feed. I love to see the pictures of my past running events and the amazing time spent with friends throwing down miles and creating memories. What I also noticed in those pictures was my body. I realized how much my body has changed in the last two years since I stopped running. As I looked at a leaner version of myself, I heard Bob Dylan’s, “The Times Are a-Changin’” on repeat in my head. I wondered to myself, how did this iconic song about massive and inevitable change pop into my mind when checking out my physique on Facebook?
Once I thought about that question, it made a lot of sense to me why that lyric felt so appropriate for how I was feeling. The changes my aging body is experiencing at times feel massive and inevitable. Everything about my physical appearance is changing and at a more rapid pace every year. I have switched from thinking about pushing my physical boundaries to not getting injured. A pulled muscle at this stage leads to weeks of discomfort and inconvenience! There are times I will gently pull my skin back on my face to see a more taught and lifted view of my past. I like how it looks…when I release my skin I have a brief sense of loss. Yes, this body is a-changin’!
It is natural to resist change, it is how the reptilian part of our brain tries to keep us safe. But Mr. Dylan challenges this reptilian approach to life. His anthem reminds us that change is inevitable. He goes on to warn us that the bigger the change the more we better step-up or be consumed by it. In other words, life will move on without us and we will be living life through our rear view mirror. Those are wise and relevant words for me as I look at my reflection in the mirror. I can resist the change or I can accept it and move forward and embrace what I see in my reflection. In my experience, resistance doesn’t help me forward, it keeps me miserably tethered in place. As I continue to experience the inevitable change of aging, I will heed Mr. Dylan’s wise sentiment and embrace the change while moving forward. I invite you to join me on the journey!
Check out a tip I have on how to love our bodies through change HERE