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Top 10 Amusing Things About Aging

Updated on October 13, 2014
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Wow! Time Has Flown By!

Yes, one day you look back and realize just exactly how much time has gone by. It can be depressing or it can be extremely amusing depending on how you look at it. Here are ten humorous thoughts on aging.

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Top 10 Things I Find Amusing About Aging

What Was And What Is Ain't Necessarily The Same Things

1. Yes, I do remember when. I remember phones were party lines. People waited to find you near the phone to talk with you. Folks weren't constantly interrupting conversations and events to check their cells.

2. I used to look forward to one more candle on the birthday cake. Now I bargain with my conscience when I leave a few off.

3. Wisdom isn't so appealing when you see all the grey representing it in the mirror.

4. The workout used to entail trips to the gym and an hour of exercise. Now it entails my getting from point A to point B without becoming winded.

5. My body is better acquainted with the rules of physics than I am. It responds to gravity without any effort on my part.

6. It used to be a good organizational strategy to keep a list of things to do. Now, it's a survival strategy. They will be forgotten unless I write them down.

7. Used to be a senior moment was time you spent with elderly relatives and family friends. Now, well, now it's a cute way to mask a moment of forgetfulness.

8. One could abuse the body's plumbing in younger years. The plumbing waits to pay you back in later years.

9. Medication was something you could blow off or expect to use only for bad colds and such. Now, medication allows you to stave off the reminders of getting old.

10. Sensible shoes were the mark of the truly savvy and down to earth young woman. Now, they're the only thing I can wear to keep my feet from complaining. Well, outside of house slippers, that is.

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11. Being carded used to be an insult. Now, it's the high point of any outing.

Getting Older Has A Silver Lining, Right? - Dark Cloud or Silver Lining?

What weighs more heavily with you, the aggravating or the amusing things about aging?

Do you get more amusement or aggravation with aging? Tells us about it.

Pretty Aggravating!

Pretty Aggravating!

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    • Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Okay, after reading this I should choose the other side!

    • John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      Mmmm, istill think that I am a youngster, but my body keeps reminding me that I am getting old

    • Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @John Dyhouse: Thank you, artyfax, for commenting. I feel the same way. I go to do something I've always done and am rewarded with a new ache or pain. ;)

    • Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I try to find humor in this aging process but it seems to be getting harder and harder but I continue to laugh to keep from crying. lol

    • Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @OhMe: Laughter helps me through most things by which I'm challenged.

    • John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      I don't actually THINK old but my body, especially the joints are constantly reminding me of the fact. I am waiting for my second new knee at the moment.

    • Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @John Dyhouse: Hope all goes well, artyfax, with the knee replacement. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. My body is constantly complaining about being put through its paces as though I thought I were a 20yo.

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      • Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

        It's all in the way you view it I think.

      • Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

        Right now it's a little funny, but I'm still quite young. After having children though, it is definitely interesting to slowly see what it is like to be on my parents side of things. Christmas was a shocker, never realized how much it costs to buy for your kids until I've had one of my own.

      • Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

        @Zeross4: Yes, kids are definitely going to age you. You age as the grow up. Congrats on the new bundle of joy. DaisyDixon, thanks for stopping in to comment.

      • Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

        You have to laugh, for it is the best medicine of all!!!!

      • Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

        @esmonaco: :D

      • Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

        So far, I am lucky enough to view most of the changes with a chuckle, but I am certainly chagrined at insensitivity I showed toward some older people when I was younger. I wish I had been more careful in my responses to some of their behavior.

      • Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

        @ecogranny: Thanks for stopping in and commenting, Graceonline. Empathy toward others comes more easily when we share the same aches and pains.

      • sunnygal101 3 years ago

        Very amusing and enjoyable. Thanks!

      • Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

        @sunnygal101: Thank you, sunnygal101, for stopping in and commenting. Glad you enjoyed.

      • Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

        It does depend on the day, however. Who knew there were so many things that could bite back at you?

      • Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

        @Lynn Klobuchar: Thanks for stopping in and commenting, LynnKK. Yes, the new things I experience each day can sometimes be a challenge, but I try to find a way to laugh.

      • AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

        For now I say pretty funny because I'm 26 years old and notice something changing on me everyday. Those things are funny now, but I'm not so sure they will be in the future.

      • Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

        @AnonymousC831: Oh, I definitely understand that. Keep practicing that humor. It'll come in handy down the rod. Thank you, Anonymous831, for stopping in and commenting.

      • Loren Gross 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

        Getting older beats the alternative. As long as I stay on this side of the grass, I'm happy.

      • Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

        @TNTbefree: I agree, TNTbefree. Thanks for stoppign in and commenting.

      • Lionrhod 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

        I'm enjoying the wisdom and I don't mind the gray hair. Now if only my body wasn't starting to droop!

      • Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

        @Lionrhod: You're right, Lionrhod. Physics will not be denied. Gravity is unalterable. I wonder what aging would be like in gravity free space. Thanks again for coming by and commenting.

      Aging With Humor and Grace: A Hilarious Woman’s Guide Using Funny Stories and Embarrassing Moments as Milestones in Life’s Journey
      Aging With Humor and Grace: A Hilarious Woman’s Guide Using Funny Stories and Embarrassing Moments as Milestones in Life’s Journey

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      So maybe hilarity is tempered with a few years. And, perhaps, mirth knows no boundaries but the limitations of age. No matter how you approach aging, you've got to take it with a grain of salt.

      “Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.

      Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” Yoko Ono

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      Sometimes a little indulgence from those around us is in order. Remind them gently of the humor in each incident and let this book be your inspiration.

       
      Rules for Aging: A Wry and Witty Guide to Life
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      This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity
      This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity

      If you need a little help seeing the humor in the process of aging, this book might help.

       

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      Things To Do To Embrace Aging

      The Latter Years Are Just As Important As The Formative Years

      Once I realized the forever young movement is and always has been a lie and terrible delusion, I understood I had to embrace the inevitable. Inevitable isn't so morbid a thing as you might think. This whole thing of aging isn't about anything I've done wrong. It's not a punishment. It's out of my hands, your hands, or the hands of any powerful government. Coming from a control freak of the highest order, such as myself, that's quite a revelation.

      So, each stage of life is kind of a preparatory holding pen for the next sprint in aging. We get a reprieve as we get in our thirties and can many times right the ill use of the previous ten years (fifteen if you count the tweens). Embarking on our first age of enlightenment with good intent, we can surely make it to the next decade, the forties and make them both enjoyable and productive.

      Here I am now. I'm not able to go back and do, undo, redo, or not do things that should or shouldn't have been. Now is where I focus. Now is where I expend effort. Everyone knows that the body will expire at some time. Becoming acquainted with the here and now allows that inevitable transition to occur in the path of a life well lived.

      Enjoy life to the fullest yet within reason. Find a hobby or two or three to which you can apply yourself. I have started on a few interests later in life than most do and find that age isn't a reason to not do so. Sure, I may have fewer years in which to do them, but enjoy while the fun lasts is my motto. Above all, take time to find amusement with the aging process, it'll go down better than with a spoon full of sugar.

      Here are a few things to do to make the most of your latter years:

      1. Start fulfilling your bucket list as you are able.

      2. Be selective about groups and organizations you join, but join a few.

      3. Take up a few hobbies.

      4. Establish a health regime within reason and with your doctor's blessings.

      5. Not all medications are necessary if you're achieving better health through exercise and diet. Work with your doctor to see what can be eliminated.

      6. Take prescription medication as prescribed until your doctor says you can modify doses.

      7. Spend time with family, friends and others who bring light into your life.

      8. Volunteer.

      9. Don't give in to isolation, inactivity and disinterest.

      10.Make healthy eating the norm with only the occasional palatal diversion.

      Did anything above resonate with you? Where do you find amusement with getting old? Share your thoughts on the subject of aging in a comment below. Thanks for coming by.

      © 2014 Tanya Jones

      Sound Off - What's your take on aging and it's entertainment value?

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          Loraine Brummer 3 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

          I feel like I'm creeping up on old age, and that if I don't chase it too fast, I might not catch up to it. I'm finding that the "senior moment" excuse comes in handy more often than I care to admit.

          Although this quote by Abraham Lincoln is appropriate for all ages, I think it's especially true as we get older. Abraham Lincoln â 'Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.'

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @lbrummer: I like the quote and it's very apt. Thank you, lbrummer, for taking a moment to visit and comment.

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          Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

          I was talking to my dad (age 84) the other day and told him about an incident where I couldn't remember the name of something. He chuckled and advised me, "I hate to tell you, but it gets worse!" We both got a chuckle out of that! Loved reading this - you put a smile on this face, probably deepening a "good" wrinkle just a little bit!

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @SusanDeppner: Thank you, Susan52 for stopping in to comment. Glad you got a chuckle. It's always good to laugh with someone about the signs of aging. Makes it all the more fun.

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          IanTease 3 years ago

          I've often noticed when talking to elderly relatives that they always take a much more sardonic view of life and aging than younger people. Enjoyed this lens a great deal.

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @IanTease: Thank you, IanTease, for stopping and commenting. I guess, after a point, folks realize all kicking and screaming in the world won't change things.

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          Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

          Number 5 on your list is funny, and it would be ever funnier if it weren't true. I like the way you used humor, but also really good suggestions for keeping a young mind.

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @favored: Thanks, favored1, for stopping in and commenting. Glad you enjoyed the humor.

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          TapIn2U 3 years ago

          Love reading this! Sundae ;-)

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @TapIn2U: Thanks, TapIn2U, for stopping in and commenting. Glad you enjoyed.

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          Okay, I just figured out I can reply to duel comments in the pending window. When I figure out how to reply to the ones I've already approved, I'll do so. :) Good day everyone.

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          Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

          Interesting thought's about aging. I haven't considered myself as aging yet. My thought's are "that I am not a day over twenty one yet" Enjoy life.

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @Elsie Hagley: Well, Kiwinana71, you know what they say, "You're as young as you feel." Thanks for commenting.

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          Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

          The amusement I find is when I come across things that held no value as a child. Buying groceries as a kid, you don't really think about it. As an adult, you realize the value of money and what it takes to buy things, pay bills, etc. I'm sure it will only get more interesting as the years go on.

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @Zeross4: Yeh, DaisyDixon, money takes on a whole new meaning once you're on your own. Thanks for commenting.

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          evawrites1 3 years ago

          This lens contains some information that we all should remember. Aging is one of those things that seems much more interesting if accepted with good humor.

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @evawrites1: thank you, eva_writes, for stopping in and commenting. humor can make most anything go down better.

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          Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

          Such a fun read! See, the truth doesn't have to hurt! I'm going to post this on the Facebook page I've created for my Squidoo Alzheimer's niche. We can all use some laughter in our lives. Here's the link if you want to take a peek. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alzheimers-and-Deme...

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @Merrci: Thank you for stopping and commenting, Merrci. Laughter is the best medicine (forgot who said that). I'll definitely stop in to your facebook.

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          susan369 3 years ago

          I couldn't vote in the poll, cause I don't think aging is either funny or aggravating. For me it's more like liberating, as long as you can stay active and look after yourself. I look forward to retirement in my older years - I have lots of interests and hobbies and it will be nice to get out of the rat race. The key, again, is to stay healthy, so you can fully enjoy it.

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @susan369: good point susan369.

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @susan369: thanks susan369 for stopping in and commenting.

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          tonyleather 3 years ago

          If you do anything other than grow old disgracefully, then I think you are not being true to your inner child. The body may, like every other machine on earth, begin to break down gradually, but as long as your mind stays sharp, your life and your actions should reflect that. I may be almost 64, but in no way do I regard myself as old!

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @tonyleather: Well, tonyleather, you know what they say. You're as young as you feel.

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          I have decided that I don't think I will make a very good elderly person. Instead of a nursing home, I would like to be on the coast just sitting and watching the dolphins and shrimp boats with plenty of good books to read and good wine to drink.

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @OhMe: We all have our own vision of utopia :). Mine is being able to enjoy walks through heavily wooded areas.

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          Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

          I love numbers 4 and 6 in your top 10 things. I agree with tonyleathers comment below 100%, took the words right out of my mouth.

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @esmonaco: Thank you, esmonaco, for stopping in and commenting. Yes, 4&6 can be beastly little imps, can't they?

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          Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

          As more and more of the Boomers, me included, make our way into old age, we will have to laugh--a lot--at ourselves and our situations, or we shall become a great class of grumpy old men and women. I say, keep on laughin' and dancin' as long as we're able.

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          Takkhis 3 years ago

          Wonderful lens! Right now I am just thinking of the future whether I could live for many years and be an old person. However, life has no guarantee though as long as we are here in this world we should do something good for others.

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @takkhisa: Thank you, Takkhis for commening. I appreciate your taking the time to visit. True. Kindness toward others is something that gives our lives meaning.

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @ecogranny: Yes. Age should define us, only serve as a reminder.

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          Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

          In my mind I feel no differently now than I did when I was in my 20s (many, many moons ago). I am finally comfortable in my own skin. My hope is to relish each season of my life and to focus on the blessings of this very moment of living. I appreciated your perspective on aging. Humor is so important. Here's to the joy of now.

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @Diana Wenzel: Very well "spoken," RenaissanceWoman2010. Thank you for stopping in and commenting. I agree with your outlook 100%.

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          KimGiancaterino 3 years ago

          Our neighbor and good friend Rose will turn 100 next week. She makes us feel like kids, and we love her for it. It's so rare to find someone her age still living independently, but she does it well.

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @KimGiancaterino: Thank you, KimGiancaterino, for stopping in to visit and comment. I hope I am able to age gracefully and independent. Best wishes to your friend, Rose. Sounds like she has a real gift.

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          Rob Hemphill 3 years ago from Ireland

          I say, "go with the flow", we can't do anything about it, so jump in (if the knees will allow) and enjoy it!

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @rob-hemphill: Agreed! Thanks for stopping in and commenting, Rob3. Manage the things we can and permit the things we can't control.

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          Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

          I always tell my kids and students that although I may be "old," I am not dead. I get a real kick out of the fact the "younger generation" (whomever that may be at any given time--it's relative, you know) believes they are the first to think of anything.

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @Lynn Klobuchar: Nothing like the arrogance of youth. By the time you get my age, you realize you still don't know a whole lot. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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          Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

          I believe in the old adage that I would rather burn out than rust out.

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @PNWtravels: That's a good way to look at it. Another version of your phrase is "it's better to burn out than to fade away." Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment on my lens.

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          Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

          We can't stop aging, so we might as well have a sense of humor about it!

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @DeborahDian: I'm sorry it took so long to reply to you, I had surgery recently and have not been online consistently for about a week. Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment. I agree with you completely, Deborah-Diane.

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          Anna 3 years ago from chichester

          My mum really has an issue with feeling 'older' but to me whatever age she is she'll always be my mother. I don't think I'll ever see her as old!

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @tazzytamar: anna-hofman-98, what a lovely way to feel about your mum. I found when I stopped taking umbrage with getting old, it was easier to deal with. I appreciate your stopping in and commenting.

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          Lionrhod 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

          My great grandmother used to lie about her age to make herself OLDER!

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @Lionrhod: Great comment, Lionrhod. Thanks for stopping in. I think that's something that teens do while they're under 18. Then, when they hit 25, they start lying about their age to be thought younger.

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          Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

          Wonderful advice for embracing aging!

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @Heidi Vincent: Thank you, FreshStart7. Embrace is the right word, too! Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

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          Michael Augustine 3 years ago from Arizona

          My retiree father has taken the "I'm gonna laugh through this whole thing" philosophy, and for a dude who spent his entire life as a stoic military man, it's good to see him really cut lose in his retirement years. The guy has taught me a thing or two about the air guitar!

          I, on the other hand, am not so amused that I don't bounce back after a 16 hour day of work like I did when I was a twenty something!

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          Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

          @Maugustine: I think your father's approach is a smart one, maugustine. Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

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          Shelly Sellers 2 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

          I remember when 50 sounded ancient to me and now I am ancient and still feel young!

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          Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

          @shellys-space: I feel super young myself. I think age is relative. The best thing about aging is experience and wisdom. I couldn't have bought that in my youth but needed to have had a surplus more than once.

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          Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

          Interesting hub.

          I'm 74 still helping my husband 77, we are still farming and can do a hard days work, but don't bounce back the next day as we used to do fifty years ago. Don't intend to give in until we can no longer get out of bed.

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          Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

          Elsie Hagley, thank you for stopping in and commenting. That's a great attitude to have. It's impressive too since farming isn't easy work.

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