Today is Day 11 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.
I am using Encyclopedia of Me; My Life from A to Z, a guided journal created by Amy Krause Rosenthal.
O is for Old
I remember well a visit to my (young) doctor when I was in my mid 40s. I complained about an ache and her response? “Well, you’re over 40. What do you expect?”
Thanks Doc. In the 20 years since, I’ve added lots more aches – from arthritis mostly, in my neck, knees and hips.
As my oldest step-daughter often says, “Getting old sucks”. Not a term I like but it sure is accurate. Getting older is definitely not for sissies.
As I enter my “later” years, I still find I am surprised to see the grey in my hair (although most is still brown), the wrinkles, the big veins in my hands, the extra pounds. I feel more pain when I walk and find it harder to do some things. Again, it takes me by surprise. In my head I’m at the most 30.
But attitude definitely plays a role in how we approach our older years. A I look at the superagers I am encouraged that I don’t have to be “old”, just older.
Two quotes have it right:
You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old. George Burns
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln