Ramble On

“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light” (Dylan, 1937). These first lines of a poem by Dylan Thomas is fitting to what has been described by Cochrane et al., as the continuation of current leisure activities and not slowing down by age. Older adults  want to continue to test the status quo as they have done in the past. They want to learn new things, to seek challenges based on their values and not that of the traditional senior citizen in their view (Cochrane et al., 2009, Loc 640 of 4237).  They may want to try or to experience something novel and stimulating but at the same time they must addresses the physiological changes of an aging body. The mind is willing but the body is weak has original meaning in the corporeal temptation (Matthew 26:41, King James Version).  It can also be applied to an aging body that still thinks it is young but may be contrary to the truth.  Fitness keeps aging on a gentler slope. Raging against the dying of the light does come with some sweat and effort but it is worth it in the end


Cochran, L.J., Rothschadl, A. M., Rudick, J.L. (2009).  Leisure Programming for Baby Boomers. (Kindle Version 4.6). Windsor, ON: Human Kinetics.