You hear more and more today that the older generation is travelling worldwide as they herald the blanket statement, “We are spending our children’s inheritance”! Why not? Is this a question that parents should shrug off considering or the younger generation feel entitled to or offended by? Recently we had an opportunity to meet a woman using a portion of her years of hard earned money to take a vacation here in Krabi, Thailand. Let’s find out why?
KM: What made you want to travel all the way to Thailand as an unescorted older woman?
Karen: Although it was going to be my first time travelling to Thailand most of my life I’ve wanted to travel. I heard about a Wellness Program in Krabi. I wanted to do something for myself and maybe volunteer somewhere if I could as well. I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone.
KM: When you were considering coming to participate in the ten day program available through “Get Juiced for Life” what expectations did you have and what did you want to achieve?
Karen: I wanted to learn about being healthier, learn what juicing is all about and how to make my own juices, trying to eat better and how to get away from so much meat.
KM: What made you so open to experiencing a wellness retreat in Thailand?
Karen: I have children and young grandchildren. For me it was important that I learn to stay young and healthy. Healthy in my heart, my mind and my spirit; for them. A big part of me was doing this for them.
KM: Did you have any fears about coming into an environment where you thought you may not be able to do some of the things that younger participants might be able to do?
Karen: I wondered about that; sure. I wondered if I was going to be able to keep up. But when I worked with the instructors I felt really encouraged and when I participated with the younger people it was fun. I saw that there were some things that I could do and I saw there we some things I couldn’t do and others could not do it either. It took the pressure off and we all just did what we could. I loved meeting different people, different nationalities and backgrounds who were all trying to achieve the same thing; being healthy.
KM: How did you feel about participating in the Life Coaching offered? Going past food and fitness and looking into more personal areas of your life?
Karen: I actually wasn’t intimidated at all. I sort of knew that some things would probably come up that I hadn’t spoke about to anyone or in great detail. I felt that this was the time to face my fears or giants; if you will. To slaughter those giants and learn how to be happier with who I am and content to move forward in my life.
KM: Do you feel that taking a look at the whole person; spirit, mind and body benefits all of who you are?
Karen: It does help because you open up a part of your heart and life to share with people who have knowledge and who can care for you. That means a lot. People can come away feeling confident and more peaceful that they can really move forward no matter what age; that it’s never too late.
KM: When you first joined the retreat you were not interested in sharing your age with people. Why do you think after 10 days you felt comfortable about sharing your age with others?
Karen: I think after seeing that I could do more than I anticipated it was really encouraging. I began to agree with what people say, “Age is just a number”. I’m thinking, it’s okay to be twenty nine! (laughing heartily). On the serious side I know that it’s important that I stay young in my mind and be healthy both emotionally, physically and spiritually. I have young grandkids that I need to keep up with. I’m okay now with saying that being seventy years of age is really not that old.
KM: It’s great that you have grandkids. Are they a big motivator for you?
Karen: Yes, absolutely! I want to be able to play with them, go places and build intimacy with them. To me that’s what life is all about.
KM: How did you feel about all of the comments that your younger peers said about you during the retreat? People who were 20-40 years younger than you and how you inspired them tremendously.
Karen: It really boosted my confidence. Coming in with the mindset that I was going to do what I could and simply do my best helped also. I am really thankful for all of the compliments. They really meant a lot.
KM: During your stay you experienced a 48 hour juice fast reboot. How did you feel about doing this for the first time?
Karen: The coaches gave me a good head’s up about what I might experience. It wasn’t hard at all and I knew I was going to be getting nutritious juices. I was surprised that I wasn’t really hungry either.
KM: If a retiree was considering coming to experience a Get Juiced for Life retreat what would your advice be?
Karen: I would say three words; Go For It! (Lots of laughter). It’s going to make them feel better both physically, emotionally and spiritually in every way. The juices were delicious, the meals were fabulous and nutritious. All of the activities were doable no matter your age or fitness level. You never walked away hungry. You knew at the end of the day that you gave your whole being a big Happy Smile.
KM: What about younger people; those considered to be in the prime of their life?
Karen: The sooner you start the better off you will be. Learn now, especially in our day and age with so much fast food, busied lifestyles. We all know that these things are ultimately not good for us.
KM: So many people focus primarily on food and fitness and still have not achieved overall health and personal well-being. What did you learn during your retreat to position you to go beyond the kitchen and the gym to achieve overall health?
Karen: I learned to look at myself as a whole person. My spirit, mind and body. Not only what I put in my mouth and how much I need to exercise. I learned about the importance of fresh air, balanced rest, proper sunlight and even how to have healthy relationships. It helps with our attitude and how it benefits us all the way around.
KM: What do you feel is the value of doing a Get Juiced for Life Retreat in Krabi, Thailand?
Karen: I loved the cultural aspect. Thai culture was very different from mine in the west. I found the people to be friendly and they smiled a lot. During the program we got to go through Thai villages, visit Buddhist temples, go to local markets, ride on motorbikes, eat lots of exotic fruit and witness wild monkeys and elephants. It was incredible!
KM: Do you have anything that you would like to tell the world?
Karen: I wasn’t really sure how successful I was going to be at the program. It’s not that I had so much doubt but I guess I wondered if I was going to be able to keep up at my age. I made the decision to go for it and give it my best shot. That’s all that anyone can do and I feel really good about that. I can’t believe I climbed Krabi’s famous, Tiger Cave Temple stairs (1,260+ steps). That was a huge personal accomplishment. I’m so glad I did it; Yea! I’m going to remember for a long time the words that we would say during our fitness experiences; “Why do we do this”? “Because We Can”!
Statistics show that when people are given money they will spend it within seventeen months. It does not matter if it’s a thousand dollars or one hundred thousand dollars. If you hand your hard earned nest egg over to your kids statistically they will simply spend it. So why not spend it not only on yourself but spend it on your children and even your grandchildren now. What you may be doing is leaving them a better nest egg than just spendable cash. You are leaving them with a nest egg of immeasurable shared experiences. We all know that that there can and never will be a price tag placed or of equal value than that of quality time; time spent building lasting memories for your children and grandchildren.
Investing some of their inheritance now towards a healthier life may posture you to still leave a financial blessing but much greater; treasured memories.
by Zina Docto
Zina is the founder of “i AM WOMAN”: Educating woman to discover their health and beauty from the inside out: overcome weight issues, sickness and disease.
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