I’m not just late with this article’s post, it’s positively negligently tardy!! Well, I didn’t truly neglect you and 39AHC, I simply had to employ mind over matter, or rather … body … to prove ATT-i-tude is everything, as our bodies age but our minds continue to actively engage.
Although our minds can be quick as a bunny, our bodies can fail to hold the energy charge—something that was admirably demonstrated to the hilt by Stephen Hawking.
Though I thought I was indestructible, apparently, I’m human after all. Let’s go off-track a little this month to first chat about your health … mind over body.*
Fortunately, my body issue is temporary and mendable. At the beginning of the month, I endured a full hip replacement. I know, I know, it’s done every day and not considered a big deal for those over sixty. However, it is major surgery, the likes of which I haven’t been exposed to in thirty years. So, yeah, it’s a big deal!
And my, how things have changed. My insurance / doctor gave me the option to have “same day surgery.” Say what?! Yes, I know I told you this is major surgery … but if you’re reasonably healthy without debilitating, underlying conditions, you can apparently qualify to be operated on in the morning and out before dinnertime!
Example: with a fortunate early check-in and a New Moon high in the sky, I arrived at 5:10a.m.; even with pre-surgery prep, surgery, and recovery room time, I was on my way home by 11:25a.m. Certainly not of “sound mind,” but with a new, bionic hip and not a body-snatcher in sight.
If you’re facing something similar, my OCTOBER UN-birthday friends—use your mind-magic often reserved for yet another 39AHC birthday—to persevere and speed the healing process. Mind over body isn’t just a saying, it’s actually a recognized component for healing.
How to deal with mind over body … you are what is in your mind, spirit and soul. Your body is merely the host for your essence. While it is tough to take body deterioration at any age, the mind is a wonderful thing, and can lift you out of your body. Never forget that. It’s what keeps us young.
39er Fitness and Fun
Heading to the hospital soon for a knee or hip replacement? Prep your house and especially your specific recuperating room before you go. Your physician will likely provide basic tips, but really give it thought about how you’ll go through your day on a walker the first week (or longer), after which you should have your system down pat. Especially if you don’t have a full-time caregiver, cook, maid, go-fer …
My fun and functional tips: If you will need a walker and don’t want the added expense of a specially-fitted basket for a one-time use product, get creative! Many walkers have handles on either side for its folding; stretch a large recyclable bag between the handles to carry stuff in!
Do you drink coffee or tea daily? If you don’t already have one, get a hot/cold thermal carafe (like on your table in restaurants).
And now, let’s get on with the 39AHC UN-birthday party!
39 Years Ago this Month ~ OCTOBER 1979
October 5th: It just takes one lucky break for an actor to be introduced to the world. Before this date in 1979 the name “Bo” could have been a guy or a gal for all we knew. Once the movie “10” hit the big screen, though, there was no mistaking gender of its star. Sexy Bo Derek hit the bigtime and everybody knew her name. Any wonder? Men desired her, and women wanted to be her.
October 10th: Though Joe Perry left Aerosmith this month in 1979, it turns out he just needed a break. He and former bandmate, Brad Whitford, returned to Aerosmith in 1984, and everything was right with the world again.
In the meantime, well-established band Fleetwood Mac has a banner month, releasing a well-received Tusk studio album on the 12th AFTER plastering their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
October 31st: No list of monthly items would be complete without a Halloween 1979 list of news stories! Now that’s scary …
Two quick-witted star signs share the limelight this month. Libra (09/23 – 10/22) leads the month with a gentle sense of balance and order. Fortunately, they’re naturally gifted in patience, because it may prove to be a tough month for Librans. A little introspection could lead to a positive shift.
Since they share the month, Scorpio (10/23 – 11/21) also feels the negatives. In fact, this month, everything comes to a halt for Scorpio, while life feels a little discombobulated. But, “This sign is directly associated with the underworld, so they’re right at home in the darkest of places,” says Tarot.com. It’s okay to hide in the dark for much of the month, Scorp, but you’ll be feelin’ good again by Halloween night!
Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
Apropos for Halloween month: “Don’t live life like you’re already dead.”
~ Tim Allen on Last Man Standing; aired 01/13/17.
Great cheese and wine need aging, but 39ers know Age is Just a Number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!TM
Happy UN-Birthday OCTOBER 39ers,
(This one’s for you, kids – 39AHC UN-Birthday 39ers: Ron, Darlene, Cheryl, Kim, Tammy, Lin, Terry, Laura! )
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*PLEASE NOTE: None of the above is meant to be construed as medical advice. I am explaining personal experiences and offering links to support some theories. I will not personally or professionally accept any ethical or legal responsibility.
Are you a 39er this month? Feel free to share your UN-birthday comments below (click on Comments or if it says No Comments, click that to be the first) and tell us how you really feel about your age and aging. Keep the stories coming!
LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon, … The Psychedelic Seventies!