Age Rage

Connie Michaelis, Marketing Consultant for The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support

I had a bad case of road rage. I was driving on I-70 and got into some road construction. The traffic narrowed to one lane and the speed limit suddenly became 65 miles per hour. I could certainly live with that, but I got behind a semi that, for some unknown reason, decided to go 45 miles per hour. Of course, I was in a hurry to make my destination. I could see there were no cars in front of the semi for miles. I was stuck! I began to fume. Would I dare pass on the right? Should I put on my flashers and honk? I realized I had a full-fledged case of road rage. How many times do we need to learn the lesson that all stress is caused by resistance? When I quit resisting, the rage dissipated and I began to notice the beautiful Flint Hills, the greening grass and clear blue vistas. I had a new opportunity to experience a leisurely drive and became very reflective.

Aging naturally restricts us. We’ve been used to ‘going as fast as we want’ in life. Slowly but surely our speed limit is restricted. Instead of seeing it as an opportunity to relax and smell the roses, we get ‘age rage’! Why do we resist the natural order of aging? Perhaps it is an invitation to slow down and focus on more important things in life. As important as it is to remain active, the acceptance of the ‘new speed limit’ is what gives us the great attitude to move forward and count our blessings. At The Piper, we work hard to match the pace of our residents; the perfect balance of activity and relaxation. Give us a call at 913.400.7006 and experience the difference!