We are aging from the moment we stop growing. And we don't have much time - we don't have much time to do something about it. Those are two statements that Francisco has made that seem to really stick with me. Haunt me, in fact.
Now haunt seems a little dramatic, I know. But I have two amazing parents with amazing lives. Except for their mobility. They are now in their early 70's and have spent their lives working hard, loving hard and sitting a lot. Sitting a lot like everyone around them.
And you need to know my parents. They are not the kind of people that take the easy road. As grandparents, they look for every opportunity to chase after my kids or get on the floor and play with them, but they just can't anymore. So now they bond with their grandkids by sitting on the couch playing video games.
To an audience in Toronto last week, Francisco posed the question 'how should we age?'. We are living longer than we ever have, so we don't yet know the answer to this question. But if aging is the slowing down or shutting down of our bodily systems, we can do something about it. Another thing that Francisco always says that I love... the potential of the human body, and its potential for recovery, is enormous.
I don't want to need a Lazy Boy recliner when I am 70 that electronically lifts me out of a sitting position. I aim to do it all by myself. I can't avoid sitting. It is the bedrock of the modern lifestyle. But I can counter it with my Kaiut practice.