OK, I know I am a bit crook this week with the flue, but as I am no longer young, it is kicking the crap out of me! So I thought why not ask others if they have an opinion or something funny to say about aging. I hate that my athletic body is starting to sag, I hate that I start to crap myself over about 250 kph on a fast motorcycle having ridden and raced bikes my whole life, I hate that learning seem to take me longer, and that bits of my mind are trying to "simplify" everything by having a fixed belief in it, I hate losing my eyesight and hearing, getting cancer, WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT IT???? THAT'S BETTER I CAN READ CAPS!
Although I do n't like the idea of getting older... I find it more attractive than the alternative; well that is what I tell myself when another birthday arrives.
Eventually I hope to live my own version of the poem - "When I grow old I am going to wear purple." because I've spent too much time caring about what people think. I intend to be rebellious when I become an OAP because I missed out on that stage as a teenager.
That I've been allowed to live even this long! ...Long enough to gain some wisdom. Long enough to not be easily swayed by physical temptations. Long enough to have grandchildren I love.
It's even kinda good to not worry as much about how I look, 'cause there's nothing I can do about a saggy body and cellulite and all that. Now I can relate to others as they age, instead of being in a state of youthful embarrassment at the thought of old people or crippled people, etc. It makes one realistic and compassionate instead of prideful and haughty.
every morning when you wake up, you have a choice, you can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty you have with the parts of your body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do."
"Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away just for this time in my life."
Old age is like a bank account -- you withdraw from what you've put in.
NZ? I had to get my mechanic and a shop manager from New Zealand as I could not find one here as good to handle our race bikes and the workshop management! I got the impression in my career as a shop owner and keen rider that New Zealand had a fair lead on Australia in many ways when it came to my industry. NZ OK by me.
Hey sooner what is an AZ? I owned motorcyle shops, I rode for Yamaha for a while, but not road racing so much. I did a lot of trials moto-cross and enduro. My shop raced a TZ 750 and a kneeler for about 15 years. Our rider had more broken bones than I thought were in the human body!
I try never to use "the O word". To my patients I preface a number of things with, "The less and less young we get..." One of my tidbits is "The less and less young we get, the less we can abuse our body and our brain in our usual manner and still get away with it.”
That said, occasionally I will agree with a patient lamenting about getting older and falling apart by saying, “It ain’t for sissies is it?”
I guess it all depends on how you define "old". Is it how you feel physically or your emotional state?
I turned 30 recently. I know it's definitely not the age, I don't feel physical symptoms of ageing yet. But there is another thing: somehow I managed to get myself happy now. Somehow, like waking up from a long sleep. Suddenly (literally, 2-3 months difference) people started thinking I look 25 - earlier it was 30. Emotionally 10 years nearly vanished somewhere and suddenly it's student years again.. I've been even catching myself thinking - ok, what will I do in 10 years, when I get 30? Unbelievable, just the effect of attitude towards life.
Young at heart - keep it. Enjoy what you do, have fun and forget what you can't do. You're wiser now, aren't you? Enjoy what you can do.
C'mon Earnest..... It's a common thing; keeping your trousers up and it's amazing how high some 'old' blokes armpits can get That's what rubber bands are for! Loop one through the beltloop on either side, bring one end of the band though the other, pull tight and then loop that end over your ear.
And from the distance; those people who you think are pointing and laughing at you? They are really just happy to see you wearing shorts!
Any mornin that you can still get out of bed and nobody is hittin ya on the head .. You don't have to wonder if it is going to be a good day .. You already see that it is. Ya then hope that it will turn into a great day.
I am still far from old, but have been wondering the same thing lately. My other half just rounded 50, and listening every morning to the litany of snaps, crackles and pops from his knees and everything else that suffered from 30 years of football, hockey, boxing, and never knowing when to quit has raised the question. Before too long the docs he works with are likely going to kidnap him, heavily anesthetize him, and saw both knees off in favor of their fake counterparts. When he came to live with me, he was informed that what he had on his head and face was far from "a little bit of grey" and is slowly realizing just how hard he has to work to keep up with me.
His take on it? There's really nothing good about being "a little bit old" like he is, but when he's "old for real" in about another 30 years there are a couple of pluses. He has determined that he will be old enough to be able to get away with pretending he has Alzheimer's and raging Tourette's, ride a moped around town naked until the cops call to ask me to bring him home, brag that Viagara is STILL working, and not get thrown out of businesses for singing Bob Seger hits at the top of his lungs while wearing his boxers on his head.
i wish i could think of something classy or inspirational to get you excited about getting old. i could mention retirement, but then again social security may not be around long with the way our economy is going. plus, i really don't know if you've been saving up in your 401k or iras and such. however, i will quote a line from braveheart if you'd like.
"EVERY MAN DIES, BUT NOT EVERY MAN TRULY LIVES."
I put that saying in all caps since i read that you can read that better old chum. i hope it helps.
Actually Earnest, you don't HAVE to be old. My ex-hubby's mother was a grandmother at 32 years old. Yup. She had her firstborn, a daughter, at 16. And then her daughter had her firstborn at 16. I'm not sure which is worse -- being "old" as a grandparent, or being a grandparent when you're young!
OH... OH.... OH... ME >>ME >>> I WAS A Grand father at 3? But I've grown wiser since then!!!!!!!! That is something to be thankful for when we get older.!!!!!!!!! We will never be as stupid as we used to be.
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