While at the gym yesterday a friend came up to me and said with a deep furrowed brow, “you’re not like the rest of us Janice, you’ve made a life after retirement. You’re keeping strong and in-shape, you’re competing in natural bodybuilding and writing books and striving to motivate others. You’re showing courage and still growing and developing. Most of us have stopped but you’re still going forward in life.”
Retirement is seen by many as a time to stop and relax and enjoy life but I see this as a recipe for death of the life spirit. I believe that struggle, striving, commitment, persistence and even anxiety are all part of a meaningful life. If you organise your life to eradicate all these elements I believe you will find life empty and meaningless.
Prior to retirement your job would have provided you with a structure and a sense of belonging and a feeling of relevance. It would have determined what time you got up of a morning and when to work and when to rest. When you retire there is no structure.
I believe that we all need to feel we are going forward. If we are not going forward we are going backwards because while we are standing still the world will continue to move on.
So don’t fall behind and let your spirit wither and die, keep going, continue to embrace life, all of it!

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  1. Scheryl Gieschen says:

    Hi Janice,
    I met you around years ago at the INBA all women’s comp. You were an inspiration
    then and you inspire me more so now. I would love to have your courage and
    I have just purchased one of your books and look forward to reading it.
    Keep training


  2. admin says:

    Hi Scheryl,

    Thank you for your kind words. I’ll send your ‘Face-Up’ book post haste.
    To assist you in knowing more fully why facial exercises are so necessary please click onto my blog and enter “Why facial exercises” in ‘search.’ Having a quick look at this blog entry will help to keep you motivated to do your facial exercises every day.
    A good thing about facial exercises is that you can do them while doing other things like making the bed or driving the car, or towelling yourself after a shower etc. There are many ways to fit these exercises into a busy day.
    Thank you again for your kind words and keep on keeping on. Life’s not over until it’s over!
    Kind Regards

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