No one likes the idea of aging however, the alternative is not pleasant, either.
We all would like to live very long and exceptionally healthy lives. More than ever, people are paying attention to their health and doing what’s necessary to remain fit and illness free.
We know exercise, fresh foods, and dietary supplements contribute to the reduction of doctor visits. A positive attitude, a life companion, the company of pets add to our enjoyment of life which keeps us healthy. We seek out new things to learn to keep our brains healthy. Stress is harmful so we do what we can to avoid or, at least, relieve it when it’s thrust upon us. We do countless other good-for-you things to keep our bodies and minds young.
No matter how hard we work at ‘growing younger’, the world insists on telling us how old we really are.
More and more restaurants cater to the elderly with a ‘senior menu’. That’s really nice but, there was a time when they considered a senior to be 65. They keep lowering that age…in most places it’s 55 now. I’ve seen it as low as 52!
If you decide to have an early dinner in a restaurant, you may be asked if you’re interested in the ‘Early Bird’ menu selections. One glance around the dining room will tell you why – it’s filled with gray-haired folks.
The grocery store cashier is packing your bags lighter each time she sees you. You end up with 10 weightless bags instead of your usual 5 ‘normal’ bags. She thinks you’re old.
Your hair stylist suggests a style you’d never considered yourself old enough to wear. She says it’s to camouflage your thinning locks!
You watch your favorite television programs and realize all the commercials are geared toward older adults for sanitary diapers, cholesterol and ED meds, supplemental insurance coverage for those on medicare, and reverse mortgages.
You’re Getting Older When…
– You wake up, looking like your driver’s license picture.
– When you don’t care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don’t have to go along.
– Happy hour is a nap.
– It takes twice as long to look half as good.
– You get two invitations to go out on the same night, and you pick the one that gets you home the earliest.
– You give up all your bad habits and you still don’t feel good.
– You have more patience; but actually, it’s just that you don’t care any more.
– You confuse having a clear conscience with having a bad memory.
– Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either.
– Adult diapers are actually kind of convenient.
– There’s nothing left to learn the hard way.
– You realize that a stamp today costs more than a picture show did when you were growing up.
– Your childhood toys are now in a museum.
– The clothes you’ve hung onto until they come back in style-come back in style.
I will continue to wage war against old age!
- no helmet-head hairstyles
- no blue hair rinse
- no early bird dinners or senior menu orders
- no pant suits
- no embroidered sweatshirts with snowmen or kittens
- no velcro sneakers
- no afternoon naps
- no park bench sitting
- no magazines with the word senior in the title
This is a world domination plot begun by our children.
Who will fight the image of “OLD” with me? I’d love to hear your ideas for changing the world’s image of us.
Before you go I want to remind you that today on the Life List Club Blog, the adorable and funny Jess Witkins is posting! Please go visit her and see what she’s been up to! (It might have something to do with her attendance at a certain major writer’s conference!)
Then make sure you get back over there for Sherry Isaac‘s LLC post on Friday. (I’ve already peeked at it and I can only tell you it’s tongue-in-cheek fun and inspiring!)