For many folks physical activity is defined solely by daily life routine. Limitations on mobility or any of our five senses, including natural bodily changes of later life constantly challenge us to reincorporate physical activity in new and different ways. During a summer of rehabilitation from a leg injury I had the luxury of working out in a good friend’s pool. I must admit there was a special beauty to days of rain or unusual summer coolness when I had that arena all to myself and was happy to indulge in it alone for hours. Having to focus on body awareness and improvement as a path for healing from an illness can be a temporary necessity, but it opened my eyes as to just how easily it can become either an isolating or habitual narcissistic manner of daily life. I was aware that several folks coordinated their swim times together just as many now meet up for daily runs, walks, or bike rides. This recent boom in group recreational awareness is one way to keep up the team aspect of physical play long after the body may not be able to participate in more demanding team sports, and I still believe that the family that plays together stays together. Now that I am continuing to create a healthier body through vegetarianism, Qi Gong and Tai Chi, the next step is to rejoin whatever new midlife family I’m destined to play with. Life is such a crazy dance itself that I feel stronger than ever that the only way to survive is to continue to dance through it. This was, is, and always will be the only new years resolution you’ll ever find me shaping around physical activity. Anybody for push hands, tango for two, or a stomp around tribal drums ?