Day 15 – March Slice of Life


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

12 thoughts on “Day 15 – March Slice of Life

  1. I had the same experience once I hit 40 at the dermatologist when all these weird spots starts sprouting up all over my body. She called them “wisdom spots” as a euphemism for age spots. Ha! My mother always says getting older is not for the faint of heart, and I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for your slice. I love your use of the mentor text.

  2. My aunt use to say, “Getting old is not for the faint of heart.”. I know many times when I look in the mirror I don’t recognize the person looking back. Getting old is just a journey and is what we make it.

  3. I certainly can relate. I am surprised whenever I look in the mirror and see wrinkles and the faded look on my face. How did that happen? When I was a child, I promised myself that I would never talk about aches and pains when I got older, and I would never discuss boring things such as taxes and politics. Well, that promise went down the drain!

  4. I love this book. It’s such inspiration for writing, isn’t it? I turned 45 today, so I’m thinking a lot about “older”. I love hearing people sharing their experiences and wisdom.

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