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Seize the Day!

By: Dr. Roger Landry, MD, MPH

Today is the youngest you are ever going to be. Why not make the most of it and seize the day? When I give presentations, I strongly recommend that my audience members do something to scare themselves a little every day. It doesn’t have to be something as grand as bungee jumping or parachuting. It must, however, take you out of your comfort zone. Remember, we cannot grow if we don’t change.

Don’t misunderstand. In my Ten Tips to Successful Aging, I talk about lowering risk of injury and disease, and we should do that. But to avoid risk altogether is impossible and, when the most likely negative outcome is only embarrassment, avoiding risk is selling yourself short. Taking calculated risks, taking risk where the potential outcome is growth, joy, increased competence, and reduced risk of decline – that is an acceptable, event recommended, risk. During Masterpiece Living’s Living It campaign, why not scare yourself a little by learning something new … Seize the day!