In the fall I do my annual doctor visits. So that means I just received  a fresh dose of  advice about eating healthier, reducing stress, and exercising more. The elephant in the middle of the examination room: the fact that I need to lose a bit more weight.  I have been working on my doctor’s recommendations as I always do, but aging just happens, regardless. I am tired of dwelling on and defining myself as an “older” person.

Happy I am to come across a condition that is good. Now, this is a self-diagnosis since CT scans and blood tests cannot detect Philomathy. Just seeing that word made me wonder. It sounds so much like philosophy. Could I have this condition?

Indeed! I discovered at Dictionary.com that philomathy is the love of learning–an easy diagnosis and  a healthy condition. The only side effect in this computer age is a sore neck and eyestrain from spending too much time at the computer and reading on my Kindles. Easy fix: I just ordered several ergonomic pillows, am trying to improve my posture and added some neck exercises to my stretching routine.

Now, I am thinking about finding more positive conditions. Defining myself through positive conditions rather than dwelling on declining health and aging is a fun past time. Why beat myself up for something I cannot control (aging) and why not focus on some positives.  Other self-diagnosed conditions:

  • Molliness
  • Adventure-ism
  • Naturaphilia
  • Theophilia

Normally I disdain pompass words, but in this case since I am describing myself, I allow fancy words. Doublestandard-ism?  I also self-diagnosed as a logophile, so am free to make-up or call upon any words at will.

While this may seem a light-hearted pursuit, the implications of defining my sagging, aging self in positive terms is a sign of efficasious-ness, a condition every senescent citizen can adopt.

Well, I am up against my one-hour-at-a-time limit on the computer, time for some more neck exercises!

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered” [G.K. Chesterton All Things Considered]

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