In a month I will turn 65 – but as my husband says – the alternative is worse!
Funny, funny – but all joking aside – becoming an “official” senior citizen is sobering. It boggles my mind to realize I have reached this milestone. My memories of the time before I turned six are mostly sensorial – smells, tastes, intensity – but I remember my school girl days quite clearly. And everything that came after that feels like recent history. Only, it isn’t.
And now, as one of the “old folks”, I can see a whole bunch of challenges ahead:
Senility is a concern, isn’t it? But, “I will think about that tomorrow.”
Energy levels are not like before; I am no longer the “Energizer Bunny.”
No – definitely not the Energizer Bunny – not even close.
In fact – when I just putter along at my own pace – it seems as though I am invisible.
Only if I step out and engage, does the world even notice I’m still here.
Reflective – uh-uh-uh – have you noticed?
Cranky with changes foisted on me? I could be majorly so, if I let myself.
Insecure with new-fangled technology – I wish it didn’t intimidate me.
Time means less to me now – but it matters more –
I still have a lot I want to do, and I hope I’ll have the opportunity.
Zany and relentless as the aging process may be – I can’t stop it –
Either I accept it and do my best – or I’d better buy a comfortable recliner.
No way – not yet anyways!
Facing challenges head on is not something many of us willingly embrace, but as a senior citizen, I believe it is essential. I have to stay active mentally, and engaged in my community. Now – more than ever – I have to treasure the people I love. Being a grumpy old woman is not a viable option.
Sometimes I am astounded by all that’s happening in our world. I wonder if maybe while I was sleeping, I got beamed-up to another planet. But no – that’s not likely – and I’m not a Sci-fi fan.
Nonetheless, when it comes to movies, some of my favourites are definitely “out there”, and CONTACT is one of them. I love the part where Ellie (the protagonist played by Jodi Foster) is taking off in her spaceship. The craft is shaking so hard and she has no idea what’s happening. Yet she repeats, again and again, “I’m OK to go!”
The unknowns of aging are sometimes as scary as Ellie’s rocket ride. But this stage of my life is also full of wonder. And that’s what I plan to focus on – not on aches and pains – not on a vague fear of change. I want to feel “OK to go” even when I’m not at all sure where life’s journey will take me next.