Sunday Seniors on the Move: Weekly round-up of active seniors around the world.

It’s interesting to see what it takes to bring life to a senior citizens center. For these folks in Daleville, Alabama, it was a treadmill and a stationary bike. What can you do to bring life to your local center?

The Southeast Sun, Enterprise, Alabama

From walking on a treadmill to “cutting the rug” on the dance floor, senior citizens really know how to have a good time. In Albany, Georgia, seniors are reliving their youthful years at the “Senior Prom”. And in Lufkin, Texas, they had the same idea, only this time it was meant to celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the senior center.

WALB News 10, Albany, Georgia

KTRE abc 9, Lufkin, Texas

Across the pond, seniors are taking up the sport of ping pong, as reported in this article from The Oxford Times. After a motivational viewing of the film, Ping Pong, senior citizens tried their hand with the paddle.

The Oxford Times, Oxford, England

Around the world, seniors are seeing and feeling the difference that exercise can make in their lives. Check out the next two links to round out this round-up.

Borneo Post Online, Borneo, Indonesia

The Indian Times, New Delhi, India


Romance or Reality?

The idea of contemplating your life while sitting at a desk in front of a picture window overlooking a busy street (or country lake, or pounding ocean) sounds romantic and serene. However, the reality of it is when your income depends on you generating multiple ideas, marketing those ideas, and producing articles that entertain and amaze editors and readers, your life will be anything but serene, at times.

The stress created by deadlines and phone calls isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I prefer to work under a strict schedule, with frequent deadlines to keep me pushing forward. I am a procrastinator by nature, and when left with too much time to sit and think, I become lazy and depressed. As long as I know someone is expecting me to produce a product that is well researched, concisely written, and utterly mesmerizing to read, I can resist the temptation to put things off for a later time.

Unfortunately, there can be stretches of time when you will not have editors beating down your door to have you write that mesmerizing piece, what then? How can you fill the time when there is no strict schedule?

During the time between deadlines and commitments, I take time to read, to write lists of things I want to accomplish, some day, and to send query letters to potential clients. I set up my own “schedule” for each of these activities, to keep from lapsing into depression and procrastination.

There are those days though, when sitting at a desk in front of a window that overlooks a busy street, I find myself contemplating the past, present, and future. It’s a beautiful life, and I wouldn’t change a minute of it.

What do you do when your romantic ideals and reality clash? Please share your thoughts.