If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. — Benjamin Franklin
How do you want to be remembered?
What kind of legacy are you trying to leave for your children and grandchildren, or for your friends or community?
It’s a key question facing a lot of people later in life, and it can motivate us to take positive action.
That’s what happened with Catherine S. about 15 years ago.
From One Lifestyle to Another
By the time she was 50, Katherine had become a successful businessperson and was a former weekend warrior in the gym, golf course, and tennis courts.
But her drinking problem got the best of her, and during a session in rehab, Katherine was encouraged to think about the legacy she wanted to leave her two adult children and their kids.
“I dropped the anchor and said, ‘I’m changing,’ Katherine recalls now at 66. “It hit me, it was an epiphany, and I just said, ‘I’m either going to leave a legacy of beating this problem or being haunted by it all my life.
“I decided that’s it. I’m never gonna touch another drop. I made a commitment to myself. Part of that was deciding to lift a bar instead of sit at one.”
She became a regular at the studio, ate a proper diet, and packed on muscle, finding a toehold in her quest for a new, healthy life.
What Legacy Will You Leave?
Wanting to leave a legacy is a powerful human drive for many people.
It can manifest in several ways – such as leaving a financial estate to your heirs or creating an endowment to support education after you’re gone. It can mean setting an example for others, and spending time with the people you love – particularly those who will benefit from your life lessons and how you overcame challenges.
Those can include health and fitness. Research is solid that playing with grandchildren is good for both mature adults and the kids – physically, socially, and emotionally. That’s partly because you’re encouraging the kids to have physical habits, to interact with older people, and to share laughter and love – and also because you’re moving and smiling, yourself.
It doesn’t have to involve something as serious as addiction or rehab.
And it doesn’t require spending hours at a gym.
“Start slow and stick to the fundamentals,” she advises newcomers. “It takes time, so just stick to the fundamentals, go slow, and clean up your diet.”
Years ago, Katherine’s crisis forced her to reevaluate how she wanted to be spending her time – and how she wanted to be seen by those who looked up to her.
Since then, everything is better – for her and the people she loves.
“For me, I just decided it was going to be family, friends, fitness and tennis – all of that. I made a pact on how I was going to live the rest of my life.”
At TASH Wellness for Women in Glenview, we are here for you! Our specialty is women. We love working with women that have a substantial amount of weight to reduce, or women that are 50 and above. As a Functional Aging Specialist, Integrative Corrective Movement Instructor, and Aging the Older Adult Instructor, we get all our women moving functionally for the rest of their lives. We work on balance, cognitive training, fall prevention and strength. TASH Wellness is not a gym - it's a journey and it's YOUR community. We serve women in Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka, Evanston, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Park Ridge, Northbrook, Glencoe, Glenview, Riverwoods, Chicago and Des Plaines.
1844 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, IL 60025