They say write what you know about. Well, I can say that now I know about aging. Nobody ever told me, or maybe they did and I just wasn't listening, that there were things about getting old that just plain suck.
One of them is that I just get tired sooner than I used to. I just can't party hearty all night anymore. I also can't drink like I used to. Hell, I can't drink at all; I gave it up 7 years ago. I'm fat and out of shape and I've turned into an old middle aged frump of a mean secretary.
On the other hand, now I'm moving into a place of wisdom. It's funny, but I think I can weigh both sides of an issue and make more informed decisions than I did when I was in my 20's. And, I'm not actually mean. It's more that I'm moving through menopause right now and there are times when I'm out of sorts. Or, red from a hot flash. Don't make fun of people having hot flashes….especially if they start ripping off their clothes before your very eyes. Just avert your eyes and be patient with them. Or hand them a magazine that they can use to fan themselves.
And, although it is harder to lose weight now I am also learning slowly about the benefits of eating wisely. The weight is coming off, but it is coming off slowly and that is a healthier way to approach that particular issue anyway. I've also embarked upon a strength training regime with my local Curves and in one month's time lost a total of 8 inches…gone…zip…firmed up…pants falling off…wonder of wonders. The great thing about this exercise program is that I have not hurt myself at all. Nothing aches. Back doesn't hurt. Hips don't hurt. Knees don't hurt. Feet don't hurt. Any other exercise program I've started including just walking around our neighborhood would result in something on me that hurt. So, in my second month now of Curves I feel good.
My husband and I have bought and paid for our funeral plots. You can actually see a picture of the headstone here. We don't have kids and there won't be anybody to look after us except us. If we go together I'll just leave that one up to whoever pitches in to handle the job. Maybe my sister will come down to sort things out. I'm leaving everything to her anyway.
The one thing we haven't paid a whole lot of mind to is how we're going to pay for things once we're retired. At least we will have social security, but will that cover the rent? I don't know. I guess we will find out. At one time it would have worried me, but now I'm at peace just waiting. I've got a job and that's enough for right now. I figure I'll last another 10 years or so at my job and by then we will have figured something out.
In the meantime, I enjoy my hobbies. I love to work on my blogs and on this website. I take great joy in beading jewelry and making bookmarkers. I read up a storm. I love my husband and my cats and life right now as an old fart life is really, really good.
I've gathered together some websites that might help you if you are concerned about your next stage of life. My advice? Have fun with it. Have more fun being old than you did as a kid. See if you can't put your mind and heart behind that one.
American Association of Retired People
Enhancing quality of life for all as we age. Leading positive social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through information.
Alliance for Aging Research
Independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1986 to promote medical research into human aging.
American Society on Aging
Enhancing the skills and knowledge of those working with older adults and their families. Events, training.
Some misconceptions about aging. These will really make you think!
Humor & Fun Stuff for Senior Citizens
Older jokes for older folks. A great collection of humor for seniors.
National Council on Aging
National Council on Aging, promoting the dignity, self-determination, well-being and continuing contributions of older persons through education and research.
Today's Fitness News and Information for Senior Citizens. More Senior Citizen News and Information on Fitness & Exercise Than Any Other Source
The daily e-zine for everyone over 50 who feels way too young to be old.
Alexa-ranked in top 1 percent, Suddenly Senior now has over 2,400 pages of humor, nostalgia, senior advocacy and useful information for seniors 50+. Updates daily.
Young at Heart Chorus
When the Young@ Heart began in 1982 the members all lived in an elderly housing project in Northampton, MA called the Walter Salvo House. The first group included elders who lived through both World Wars. The current performers in Young@Heart range in age from 73 to 92.
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As I pass the 50 year mark in my life I find myself thinking more of aging. Mostly, it is my body that has made these dramatic physical U-Turns to get my attention. I also find it interesting to discover more and more of my own generation and those who are older than me busy at their computers. The internet is a place for people to reach out and contribute, to meet and to converse with each other. I tend to stay away from the more frenetic chat rooms, but have found a very comfortable place in reading people's blogs.
One of my favorite bloggers to read is Millie. She's 80 years old and is an absolute hoot. It's proof to me that there are many of us older folks who are really out there bringing what we've learned and our humor to others. Go Millie! You can find her at: My Mom's Blog.
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