Getting Older Can Be Fun by Bill Storie
I was talking with a close friend of mine a few days ago about getting older.
Neither he nor I cherish the idea of course, but we’re sensible enough to know that age is creeping up on all of us.
The reality is that as each day passes, we perhaps experience another slow muscle or forgetfulness. I suppose we should ignore it, but the fact is we don’t. We check every aspect of our life to make sure we’re still “young and hip”. (Being hip might be enough). I do think that we watch our footsteps more closely, especially going up and down the stairs at home. I do think we take an extra moment to make sure we have the handbrake of and can pull away in the car. The physical parts of our life are clear – both to ourselves and others. Yet the emotional parts can be hidden or camouflaged from everyone else.
There are moments when we reflect on times past or times future. There are moments when we stand up and declare, at least inwardly, that we are getting older, and while we can’t do anything about it, we do think about it in our private moments. Nothing wrong with that.
But my friend wondered what his life will be like in a few years, especially if his wife is ailing. Of course, he could be the one ailing so, this cuts both ways. Will he be able to cope with the physical or personal issues and do what needs to be done. For some reason while those types of issues can arise when we are younger, they take on added importance and concern as we age, And, we recognize that our own slowness and tiredness will have a significant impact on how we handle and care for others.
We may still have the desire to run five miles a day, but let’s face it, we probably couldn’t do that in the car. Let’s get smart.
Why can’t we simply do what we can do and dream about what we’d like to do? I’d still love to play football for a major team, but methinks that won’t happen now (truth be told it never was ever going to happen – I wasn’t that good – but I can dream, can’t I?)
So, I don’t think there’s any magic formula to this aging thing. We can certainly eat well, get enough sleep, some exercise and live a moderate life. Not sure it adds many, if any, years to your life, but hopefully the quality of your life will be satisfactory.
If you feel you want a nap in the afternoon, knock yourself out (ok, bad idea). Just have the nap.
If you want some ice cream go for it – not too much, but a few spoonfuls won’t do you much harm.
Maybe skydiving is not your thing, so if as you are getting older and you still have notions of jumping out of planes, take my advice – don’t.
The trick is to accept and move on with your life. Some things you can change or improve, some things you perhaps can’t. Just don’t worry too much about it. I accept that certain health matters can be traumatic and I acknowledge that, but if you are in good health and live a fairly simple life, then enjoy it as much as you can, while you’re still young.
Age is just a number.
By Bill Storie