I am usually walking at a brisk pace when I enter the retirement facility, as I don’t want to be late for the class. If there is one thing I have learned, it is that I need to be punctual, especially for this class. The chairs are already assembled in a circle, and most of the participants have parked their walkers near their chosen seat. Many of the group are already there and seated by the time I arrive.
Over the years the class has morphed and changed from a straight Qigong class into a class geared toward all areas of self-improvement, as we often discuss having a positive attitude and living in the moment. The class is one of my favorite teaching opportunities as it allows me to focus on how we use our bodies and how we relate to others.
The average age of the students in the class is about 85, but some are in their 90’s. They are eager to learn and always willing to try something new. The students’ positive attitude towards learning speaks volumes about their longevity. From them I learn the value of keeping such an attitude as I go through life.