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The Fat Lady Has Not Sung

Excerpt from Daily Cures, Wisdom for Healthy Aging by Connie Mason Michaelis

Vacations are great, but if you’re like me, you start thinking about it being over right when you leave your driveway. About halfway through the trip you are wasting time and energy thinking about it being over. In an effort to turn off this self-talk, I have to practice my favorite mantra, “It’s not over, ‘til it is over.” In other words, on the very last day and in the last few hours, you are STILL on vacation, so don’t let your mind go home before your body does! If you get preoccupied with anticipating the reentry into home and work, you may miss the best moments of your vacation. You may rob yourself of precious moments.

Life is like that. We’ve all heard the expression, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” It merely means that one should not presume to know the outcome of an event that is still in progress. The phrase is typically used when a situation is (or appears to be) nearing its conclusion. One of my older friends told me she considered her new downsized, maintenance-free condo a vacation home! Bernice, who is an energetic 93-year-old, is planning on making these the best, most relaxing, and peaceful years of her life. I’ve heard it said that dying is for sure, but living is not. We need to keep living as vibrantly as possible. Everyone needs a reason to get up in the morning and to feel appreciated and valued. Having a purpose in life is critical to happiness and contentment. In a senior community, there are so many opportunities to be involved and engaged in life. The fat lady can wait!

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” Albert Einstein
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