I loved this conversation I had with my mom while visiting back home over the holidays. My mom will be 80 in March. She doesn't think she's old, she doesn't talk like she's old, she doesn't laugh like she's old, she doesn't sing like she's old. The woman is in denial. And that's a wonderful way to live, I think. Case in point...
Me: Mom, I saw you have a sample of that "Age Defy" shampoo in the bathroom. I got some, and it's great!
Mom: Oh! The black sample pack?
Me: Yes. You should try it!
Mom: What's the "age defy" for?
Me: (Being sarcastic) Old hair.
Mom: (Being completely candid). Oh, well, I'll try it, but I don't have any old hair. I got a great trim at David's Salon last week.
My point. This woman is in her eighth decade and she doesn't think she has any old hair! I love it! So, in keeping with the "If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make any noise"-philosophy. If I don't think I'm old, will I not BE old? I think so. And I believe science backs me up.
Let's all decide this month that we don't have old parts, old skin, old legs, old wrinkles, old thinking, old worries...or old hair. I think it works!
Julia Curran-Villarreal is a three-time USA W55 national masters high jump champion. After a 35-year break from her favorite high school sport of track & field, Julia returned to competition in 2013 at the age of 53. Follow her journey on @juliajumping on Instagram and @juliacurran on Twitter.