I May Get “Old”, But My Friends Will Keep Me Young Forever

When it comes down to it, one of the most important way to ensure our own healthy futures is to stay in touch with our friends.
april-hussar-friends I try to keep up with a somewhat regular exercise schedule; I’m a pretty healthy eater (which is challenging when you have both a sweet AND salty tooth!); I drink wine but I don’t smoke … I know all of those things are important when it comes to my longevity. But when it comes down to it, I think one of the most important things I do to ensure my own healthy future NOW is to stay in touch with — and spend as much quality time with as possible — my girl friends. I grew up in a small town in Northern California, but I’ve lived on the East Coast for over a decade. So, that means my oldest friends live 3,000 miles away. I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like, but when I do, it’s like a part of my spirit is being nourished and fed. There’s something so incredibly rejuvenating about spending time with the girls I’ve essentially grown up with; the girls who are of course officially “women” but who will always be young to me, as I think I will always be to them. Our faces and bodies aren’t exactly the same as they used to be, and they’ll continue to change, but the spirits inside remain forever young, and we’ll always be able to see that in each other.

Me and my bestie Amy on Halloween, oh, about 13 years ago

Me and my bestie Amy on Halloween, oh, about 13 years ago…

Fast-forward 10 or so years, now the flapper on the left is with her new baby girl and my daughter!

Fast-forward 10 or so years, now the flapper on the right from the photo above is pictured here with her new baby girl and my own daughter!

And then there are the friends I’ve made since moving here. There’s the wild and crazy crew of moms I’ve known since our kids were all in Kindergarten together, the moms who always make me laugh, but who are there for me when I’m crying. There are the work colleagues who have become so much more; there are the wives and girlfriends of my husband’s friends who have become like family to me in their own right; there are my fellow “strangers in a strange land” friends — kindred spirits I’ve met since moving here who also hail from other places, who know what it’s like to feel homesick even when you’re home. Whether it’s drinking coffee with my lovely, wonderful friend from Italy while our daughters play together, or exchanging long text message conversations that make me LOL with my BFF in California, or meeting “The Moms” for a surprise birthday party dinner / wine fest — these interactions feed my soul. I know they are good for my heart, literally. They help keep me healthy, and sane. And, I believe they will become more and more important the older I get. With the demands of work and motherhood, it can be easy to let these relationships take a backseat. It’s hard enough to find enough time to spend with my own husband — quality time I mean, time that’s not a rush of getting dinner made or chores done or our daughter off to school. But I believe that it’s equally important to make time for my friends, whether it’s a short phone call or a rare weekend away together. To me, that not only makes life richer and more meaningful now, but keeps me healthy for a long, loving life.

  • Get Old is an initiative developed by Pfizer  to challenge people of all ages to rethink what it means to Get Old and take a more active role in their health and quality of life at every age.  Whether it’s through watching what you eat, physical exercise, spending time with family and friends or participating in an activity you’re passionate about — each of us has the power to decide for ourselves how we want to Get Old. It’s not just about living longer, but living better.

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