Gold over Gray

Back in 1982 I was working in my first soul crushing job. It was a shock going from the stimulating academic environment of a university to… a job selling carpets (about which I knew nothing and cared even less).

In the same year, Mark Knopfler wrote the following lyrics,

It takes love over gold
And mind over matter
To do what you do that you must

It is about choice and the place where that choice comes from. In fact, choice is always about where you are coming from. We may create our lives one choice at a time but the choices that occur to us only show up as a function, an expression of a state of consciousness. A tragic example of this is the suicide who genuinely thinks there is no other choice.

So, Gold over Gray — what am I on about?

For us ‘older folk’ gracefully or disgracefully getting grayer, we can be faced with a choice that may not be visible. It is too easy for us to become set in our ways and gradually the world becomes smaller, and we do less, attempt less, and soon enough our reach becomes shorter.

We are training ourselves to become the stereotype of ‘old’ we fear. Winter may be coming but you do not have to leave the window open.

It does not have to be that way. I suspect that, injury notwithstanding, you could choose gold over gray. Have a read of this article from the UK Daily Telegraph. As you look at the photos, you will notice that they are old people. You may then notice that they are actively competing in their 80’s and 90’s and not sitting in front of a television having been cast away by the world of work and youth…

A cursory search in Google Scholar will show that with even minimal weight training, ‘senior citizens’ with no previous experience of exercise can make strength gains at a time many wrongly believe they are losing vast amounts of control over their lives.

So, gold over gray and mind over matter, when you do what you do that you must.