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I'm Older Now

Updated on December 15, 2016

I Have To Pace Myself

I use to be able to go and go all day long

Later I would feel it

My muscles would be sore and I knew when I reached my limit

Now I get tired sooner

I have to start earlier to get the same things done

I stop for little time outs

A snack here and there

A grab an apple or eat some peanuts

Thinking this would keep my energy level at it's peek

Not working yet

Maybe to soon to tell

I decided to do a cleaning and organizing

Being so busy during the week

I put off any extra projects till my days off

Because they require more time

Holidays require more attention

I am busier at work and in my free time

I wouldn't change it for the world

We all need special time to kick back and have fun

That gives me an incentive to get going again

The weather also changes my strategies

We have to leave earlier do to snow or ice

Safety is my top priority

When the day is over

I feel happy what I accomplished

I did what I thought was most imortant

Those things that didn't get done

Will just have to wait






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    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 7 months ago from TEXAS

      As you said in your hub about being at home at holiday time, ". . . I am savoring the moment . . ." and that's the secret to a good life at any age, even when our energy and 'push' becomes more limited!

      I'm slower and get less done in the same time, too. Most of my life, I was a 'house afire', doing almost inhuman amounts of things in the limited time. I could 'multi-task' and do several things at once, and do them well. I could go with little or no sleep. Now, it's more like I get limited things done in the inhuman limited amounts of time! haha. But it helps me see the real priorities in order to focus on what really matters in my life and justifies the time given to thing, or probably, in anyone's life. When we have the abundant energy of youth, we can afford to tirelessly tend to everything that presents itself. When we're older - and wiser - we can see that some of those things simply burn energy for less real value rendered! haha. So we focus better on what does matter and have value.

      My mother called a lot of the 'busy-ness' one does "the tiresome details of living" and she had so many other interests and skills (she was an artist and a people-person who helped others a lot). So she cut down on the TDls. She did everything as a wife, mother and homemaker requires but she didn't invest all her time and energy into the monotonous, constant things which just have to be repeated day after day as background. Her home and her life glowed with her personality and her love of life and people.

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      DREAM ON 7 months ago

      Nellieanna Once again wonderful family memories make life more interesting and gives us a clear focus. Thank you for so many comments. A sunny day may be remembered long after the sun has gone away.

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      I find that I have less energy as I get older--and so I do less--my to-do list doesn't want to comply however

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      T S Sky 7 months ago from Saint Louis, MO.

      I can relate to the feeling of getting older and we do things differently as we get older.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 7 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      You know what is the one thing that always has and keep bothering me? I have never considered myself as getting older just changing in different ways but when I no longer can say to someone who complains about life and things when they are in their late 20s or 30s well wait another 30 years and then tell me how you feel because I might just not be around then any longer. I feel unusually nostalgic and kind of sad this year.

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      DREAM ON 7 months ago

      AudreyHowitt I conviently misplace my things to do list so I have to start another one. Then some how when I am half way done that one disappears too. Now I have no pressure to finish what I couldn't do so I get a new piece of paper out and start afresh new list. I am waiting for the day when I find all my lost lists.(lol)Raine Sky Change is good it breaks up that old routine.Gypsy Rose Lee I know your right. I find it amazing how some days go by so slow and the years seem to speed up. Thank you all for such wonderful comments. The greatest things in life are here to make us all happy. Some people will find them before others and when they do hopefully they will tell us about them so we can get so excited. Just like Christmas morning so eager and thrilled. Have a wonderful afternoon.

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      T S Sky 7 months ago from Saint Louis, MO.

      Yes change is good. I view myself as getting older too not really as being old but I am 32 maybe when I get 72 I will view it differently. Getting old comes with pain but it also comes with wisdom so I view it more as a blessing. XOXO

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      DREAM ON 7 months ago

      Raine Sky At 52 I am finding new aches every day. Thank God most of them keep going away. I enjoy your views and keep sharing your ideas. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a beautiful night.

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      Missy Smith 7 months ago from Florida

      I think we all relate to your words here, Dream On. I'm 45 and have accumulated many more nagging pains than I wanted at this age. I don't know, I guess I thought I would be much more healthier and settled at this point, but it's the opposite. I keep hope that it will come along one day though.

      Time is demanding, isn't it? If we had time to do more things that are enjoyable? However, you go about life the right way. You appreciate what you have and what you accomplish in your days, and that's really all any of us can do. The good thing about getting older is that I think most of us do realize that to worry about the things we can't get done is a waste of life, and it's better not to dwell but delight in the days. You express that thoughtfully well here in your poem. :)

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      DREAM ON 7 months ago

      Missy Smith I constantly go from happy to puzzled but not sad. I always have lists of things I dream of doing. I only accomplish about twenty percent. I laugh to myself because if I made smaller lists I would accomplish ninety percent. That would be incredible and amazing. I have an on going list all the things added I couldn't finish from the day before. My list is unreasonable and impossible to finish. Then I tell myself one day I will do the impossible. So I strive for more. I thought long ago of a philosophy that I thought was a good idea. If I had ten things to do and I did five things that would only mean I did half which is poor only fifty percent done. I know from school seventy percent was my average and if I was lucky I would be in the high seventies. No matter how much I studied and read. I always go b- or c's. When I knew many other kids didn't study much and they got 80's and nineties.Why ? They had hidden talents I didn't have. I struggled through school and my saying was I did it and tried my best. Now years later I had a plan. If I made a list of ten things to do and did my average I would do 7 out of 10 things. As I asked other smart people they would only do 5 things in one day. So here is my plan. If I shot for 14 things which is 140% up and beyond any goal. Now all I had to do is 7 things and it is 90 %. I am thrilled. I push for more and get more done. The downfall is there are always things to do. Thank you for reading and sharing. Have a beautiful Christmas and A Happy New Year. With the winter comes snow. With snow comes wonderful visions of white. These visions can brighten even the saddest of all days.

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      Missy Smith 7 months ago from Florida

      I like your philosophy, Dream on, and as far as the beautiful white snow; that's a dream that never comes true in the sunshine state. However, keeping my chin up and focusing on the meaning of the season helps me stay upbeat. I'm ready to ring in the New Year as well. I'm always the most optimistic at the beginning of a new year. So, Merry Christmas to you dear friend along with wishing you a blessed New Year!!!

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      DREAM ON 7 months ago

      Missy Smith Have you lived your whole life in Florida ? If you have then you have to share what a Christmas in Florida is like? I would have a pool party. With bright Christmas lights blinking and bells ringing. I would have a blow up water Santa and all the reindeers in the pool. We can't forget all the elves hanging on the fence busy at work. The holiday is special wherever you live. Once your having fun that is what it is all about. Family and friends getting together. It's only my wife and I at home and then we visit my brothers kids. A couple of friends we see before and after Christmas just to catch up because with our busy lives we don't see each other much. Thank you for reading. It is so fun to share. Christmas only comes once a year but the spirit of Christmas can be celebrated every day if we try.

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      Missy Smith 7 months ago from Florida

      Yes, it is fun to share. Let's see...Christmas in Florida varies. I'm from the North part, so sometimes we have a very cool or cold front that comes in this time of year, and then some years you could go to the beach. Maybe not to swim but to lounge and walk for seashells.

      It's a different feel here than the states that actually get snow every year. I would imagine that it feels more like Christmas in the nostalgic Christmas story way in the areas where it snows. Some states sing "Dashing Through the Snow," while we here in Florida are turning up "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas." It never happens! Hahaha...

      I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family! Merry Christmas and Happy New a Year!!! :)

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      DREAM ON 7 months ago

      Missy Smith We did have a little snow on the ground for Christmas. The weather was in the 40's and cold enough. My wife's family celebrates Christmas Eve then my family on Christmas Day. Both days relaxing and fun. Back to work. Hope your day was special. Thank you for reading and sharing.

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