Best Things About Being Sixty and Over

Sixty is not for sissies. Some of you already know this, but if you are not there yet, it is advisable to start thinking about adjusting your attitudes.

At age 60 you can look in the mirror and know that the image reflected back to your eyes is not the real you. It is only a chronologically enhanced equivalent of your real self which gives you distinction, authority, respect and an occasional 15% discount.


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It's a time to make yourself worthy of your obvious character lines by forgetting all the sentiments of animosity and disappointment you have ever had about people in your life. And it's time to develop a feeling of goodwill and acceptance for everyone in the world, with the possible exception of extremist fanatic leaders and the inventor of the mammogram machine.

It's a time to say to that oddly familiar, but matured reflection: "Oh what the heck, who cares what anyone else thinks, I'm old enough to do and say whatever I feel like doing and saying... some of the time."

It's time when you can look in your closet and find clothes that are older than most of your local elected officials, but you really don't care, especially because some of them are suddenly back in style. I mean the clothes, not the officials.

It's a time when you can chose to ignore the current hot controversy between quantum physicists who disagree upon whether sub atomic particles have color or not, and wonder if their time wouldn't be better spent on more practical matters like developing anti-gravity underwear.

When that very round number applies to you, things are seen from a different perspective. "Carefully aged" things like prime beef, gourmet cheeses, fine wine, basalmic vinegar, pickled rutabaga and 1000 year-old eggs are honored with a deeper appreciation.

It's a time when seeing a picture of those exotic Chinese wrinkly dogs makes you feel so much better about yourself. A time when botulism derivatives seem more friend than foe.

At 60 you suddenly recognize the timeless inner beauty of things like desert tortoises whose deliberate movements seem graceful and meaningful, and whose wise countenances look very discerning, insightful and perceptive.

You know so much more than you used to. You not only recognize the word colonoscopy when it comes up in a newscast, you can actually spell it without wincing. You actually listen to the side effect warnings on prescription drug commercials.

At age 60 you can finally admit out loud (even though it may not sound cool) that you genuinely do not appreciate the music of the popular rock group "Raw Sewage", and that you are not especially interested in competing in this year's skateboard championships.

It's a time when you can walk into antique stores and see quaint and collectible kitchen implements which are so familiar that you could swear you used ones just like them just a week ago (which you did).

More Revelations

At sixty you can wake up in the middle of the night with a brilliant idea and quickly scribble it on a pad next to the telephone. When you get up the next morning you see that it says "and funnies the wald nee kreppin " plus something else which resembles a doctor's prescription in ancient cuneiform.

It's a time when you look at your spouse of 40 +years and he still looks the same to you as he did on your wedding day. (But what's that gray stuff in his hair?)

It a time when you are astonished and delighted to hear your five year old granddaughter insist that 55 year old snapshots of you are actually pictures of her.

It's a time when your 3 year old grandson compliments your oatmeal by saying "This feels good in my mouth". And especially because of those last two or three things, it's a good time.

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DonnaCSmith 8 years ago from Central North Carolina

This is one of my favorites;o)


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Pam Pounds 8 years ago from So Cal Girl in the Midwest!

This is great, Rochelle! I am entering the age of the empty nest, senior discounts and lovin' those "50 is the new 40" mantras....I can actually be the "expert" and share with my younger brother everything there is to know about a colonoscopy. In June, I became a grandma for the first time. Wouldn't trade my place in life for any other age in the world. Thanks so much!


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Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks again, Donna.

Yes, Pam, it's always surprising to find the unexpected benefits and advantages of a particular time. This is a good thing because th only real moment is "now" at any age.


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trish1048 8 years ago

Hi Rochelle,

You've done it again. As I approach the big 60 (October), this was timely for me. Reminds me to look at everything with a sense of humor, a skill you have mastered, in my opinion. I especially love that your granddaughter looks at your childhood picture and thinks it's her. I've been told, and actually have seen it, that my 7 year old granddaughter resembles me when I was young. It blows me away :)

Thanks for my first smile of the day,

Trish


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Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Remember to smile early everyday. Life is funny after all.

I think my mom was the first to see "me" in my granddaughter. Wish she could see her now.

My husband's family has almost all boys (he has one brother, both of them have two boys, their father had four brothers) Our granddaughter was a complete and wonderful surprise.


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2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Thanks for such an encouraging Hub. A thought occurred today: that patronising phrase 'she looks good for her age' - of course we look good - at our age we've got a lot to look good about! (Neither of us has attained 60 yet, but we do enjoy our current ages.)


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Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks for commenting. Since you are not sixty-- maybe you would look for my hub on the Big Five-oh. That might be ten years closer, and still something to look forward to.


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Billrrrr 7 years ago from Cape Cod

The best thing about being over sixty is that your eyes have gotten so bad that when you look in the mirror you can't see the wrinkles. Everything looks fine to peepers that have gone from20/20 to 20/?


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country Author

I think this is one reason nature nets us gradually lose our sight and gradually gain our wrinkles-- unfortunately I can still see mine.


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Pest 7 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

Hmmmmmm.  Your guide to sixty is at 70 right now... 

you are funny!


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Oh shoot! I'm not up to writing about seventy... hang on. I know some 70's people. Some of them are pretty funny.

and I have a birthday next week it is getting closer by the day


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davidseeger 6 years ago from Bethany, OK

Thanks Rochelle. I can remember the things you are talking about here. Since I'm staring down at the 80's I'm surprised to know that it's not all that different from the 60's. I suppose I move a little slower and don't always get the joke my grandchildren tell.(At least they still tell me their favorite jokes and I laugh as if I understood) but not too much is different. I'm still hopeful of the future and what it holds for me and my young'ens.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks, davidseeger. Hope is an important part of life, and it's something that can be passed on.


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

I came across your hub when spotting one of your left comments in a fellow hubbers hub. And since I just turned 60 I thought it was time for a laugh and that you gave me for sure. Like takes on a different perspective as we reach the Big 60 and it's funny I feel no different now at 60 than I did at 59.

Looking in the closet, yes there are some clothes that need to be given to goodwill, I will have to go out and keep in style, although holy jeans, and belts slightly covering the crack of my butt won't do either. Although I do like the colorful boxers the guys are wearing these days:0)

I was going to consider dying the gray out but changed my mind, I will let it come in a la natural. After all if Kenny Rogers and Sean Connery can let it stay so will this Kenny. I am looking forward to the next chapters in my life, as long as I can stay healthy and do what I'm capable of doing now, I will be one happy senior:0-) peace and hugs.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Life is always taking on a different perspective. I think if that stops happening we are done. Thanks for commenting, Kenny.


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

Oh my gosh.......

This is just too cute.

In my lifetime, I am the only woman that I know, who rejoiced at turning 30, my friends did not share in my excitement......that is a while behind me!

Thanks for giving me something humorus to look forward too.

Long live the "old" people!


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks, onegoodwoman. You never realize how young you were until years later.


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pan1974 5 years ago from Columbus,Ga

I really like your hub.


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you, pan1974. Looks like you have quite a way to go before you see this milestone.


writeronline 5 years ago

Love this, Rochelle. My wife and I have been married over 40 years, and I'm always telling her how, when I look at her, I just see the girl I met at 14, how beautiful she looks when she's angry, and lately, admitting how much I always fancied older women when I was younger; and how rapt I am to actually be with one! That's usually the point where she belts me... have you noticed how much more easily we bruise at this age?


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks writer. A sense of humor keeps us going.


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country Author

No more people turning 60 out there? I wrote this three years ago and am starting to anticipate the next decade.


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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I just now came across this delightful Hub and posted it to our fb page, Not So Old Broads, here:

http://www.facebook.com/notsooldbroads

It was interesting to read through the comments your readers made. I had to chuckle at what Pam Pounds said about 50 is the new 40. I think these days they're saying 60 is the new 40. Funny what can happen in only three years! Voted up and beautiful!


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robie2 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

How did I miss this one-- it is fabulous and right on the money.


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks Sally's Trove and robie2, too.

I appreciate the enthusiasm and also the link. If you also missed my hub about turning 50, you might want to look for it. It was when I was teaching in the blind class, which became one of my favorite subbing assignments. http://hubpages.com/education/The-Big-Five-Oh...


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Ana Louis 5 years ago from Louisiana

As a young woman of 64 I can really appeciate this wonderful hub. I seem to be in some sort of limbo though, and having trouble with an appropriate age slot for myself. My husband is 9 years younger than me. We have been married 32 years. One of my sons lost his wife when she was 26. They had three children, the youngest one was 9 months old. I have helped him raise these children. They are teen agers now. All these years their teachers, doctors, school mates, have referred to me as 'mom'. I really don't know old I am supposed to be, just how old I need to be. My brain and my body argue about this all the time. I think my body is winning.


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country Author

I saw a piece on TV yesterday about a lady in her 80's who trains search and rescue dogs. She said. "I don't live my life by numbers."

I think your life has put you in a situation where you can ignore the numbers, too. No age slot needed.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

I like the last two examples particularly well! Up and Awesome!


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks so much, Patty. (Those were my favorites, too.)


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agaglia 4 years ago

Rochelle Frank, this was a nice hub in praise of 60. I am not ready to admit my age, yet. But, am feeling more comfortable being a "woman of a certain age" than I used to.

Thanks for helping the process.


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country Author

I am 'terribly' close to reaching 70-- but healthy, so I am looking forward to my next "_0" hub. Make the most your years. Experience equals... something ... I'll think of it later. Ha!


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Worthy information here. And it is all true. Perspective is a wonderful thing.


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Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks so much, paradigmsearch. This was written a while back, so I have to start thinking about being over 70.

Actually I am over 70-- but haven't started thinking about it yet.

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