I May Be Getting Older, But I Will Forever Be Young At Heart

I Will Forever Be Young At Heart.

If you look up “big kid,” I seriously think you would see my face all over the place. I’m a huge Disney lover, I’d rather watch cartoons, and I try to enjoy life as much as possible.

I have depression and anxiety about basically everything, so I figured bringing out my inner child would help me deal with the stressful times. It’s also fun because I get to see things through my daughter’s eyes, and it’s truly a whole new experience.

I will also say that sometimes being an adult just plain sucks. It has its perks, of course, like wine and being able to do what I want, but it can still suck.

I can’t really eat the things I used to.

Just the other day, I was talking with a close friend. As my friend was sharing about their medical issues and describing their symptoms, I started thinking. I’m not really doing the things I need to be doing to take care of myself either! That was a true wake-up call. I have noticed that the things I would eat or drink in my younger days have a much harsher effect on me now. Thanks a lot heartburn and headaches.

Now in my late 30s, I try to meal prep so that I can be aware of my eating habits to stay healthy. It’s not easy, but I’m getting there.

Becoming disciplined.

Speaking of getting there with the meal preps, as an adult I understand that I need to become more disciplined in, well, everything! I’m not saying I’m irresponsible, but I have to remind myself I can’t always make an unexpected purchase whether it’s for me or my child. I must stick to the plan and remember the outcome is going to be greater.

My knees sure ain’t what they used to be!

In my younger days, I spent so much time on the dance floor. I would go to the local clubs, having so much fun dropping it to the floor! Don’t let Juvenile’s “Back That Thang Up,” come on! I was that one who would run from the parking lot to get in the middle of the dance floor backing it up. That was my song! Now I can barely squat without my knees cracking. Maybe it was the number of times I was backing my thang up, who knows? But I will say I’m still going to try to back it up, no matter how old I am.

I may be getting older, but I will still (in my mind) be young forever. Why am I letting my age get the best of me? Even though I may feel old some days, I need to just live and enjoy life. Even though I can’t do everything as I did in my teens and twenties, I need to continue to incorporate those healthy habits so I can have the energy to keep up with my daughter and give her the childhood she deserves by just being young at heart.

Ja’Nae was born in Houma and raised on the outskirts of New Orleans known as the Westbank, where she still resides. She’s currently dating her boyfriend of 3 years and together they raise their daughter A’nylah. After attending Jackson State University, she moved back to New Orleans and then earned her master’s at Full Sail University in Public Relations, she currently works part-time at a local Bra Boutique where she enjoys helping women feel good about themselves. In her free times, she’s looking for the latest fashion trends, working out, learning how to organize her life, relaxing by enjoying a good movie or series and finding fun things to do with her new family.


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