Prompt: What are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older?
Since I’m already a Senior I’m looking at the question in the present and not the future. Mind you I am still aging so I will get older. The years of raising children and working outside the home have passed.
Now, my husband and I enjoy having time to do things at our convenience for the most part, so we don’t need to clock-watch. Sometimes it feels strange watching the busyness of those around us and we do remember.
I always had hoped I would age gracefully, because when you’re young somehow you tend to envision that you will be well, and the ills of growing old only happen to others and not to you. However, the reality often is that by the time you’ve reached 65 your body will start to remind you that you’re not able to do all or even part of what you did in your 30′s, 40s, and even 50′s. Some of us unfortunately, may acquire a debilitating disease before we reach retirement age. In my case M.S; in other cases something different. If you don’t fall into that segment of society, then you need ‘only’ deal with aging.
If you keep your activity level up, it will I suppose slow down the ‘growing old’ process. And if you work full-time outside the home, you would be wise to take time to hold on to an interest or hobby. It will serve you well, when all of a sudden you’re not going out to work, and there is an emptiness of sorts… time to fill in with something else.
To keep ‘young at heart’ is kind of easy, because inside I don’t feel old. Sure there are aches and pains and health concerns; but I still feel ‘young’ inside. I listen to music of the era when I was growing up. Some of you may shudder, but it was the time for ‘rockin’ and rollin’. Perhaps some of the music was silly and didn’t make a lot of sense…. like ‘Hound Dog’…. Rock Around the Clock’…. ‘Tutti Fruiti’….. ‘Peggy Sue’ and more, but it’s the music that brings back memories and I feel young again.
So I guess I’m not growing old as gracefully as I’d like to, but I don’t entertain the thought that I’d like to be young again, as each age brought its’ own challenges … and I wouldn’t want to go back and through them again. Along with the challenges of course, there were always blessings in abundance.
So, even though I’m not young age wise, I am young at heart.