It has been a while since I posted here. Even the news stories that I normally post have been piling up in my to-do folder. And the reason you ask? I have not been having a very “indulgent aging” time in the last couple of months. As a matter of fact, I was on my way to a doctor’s appointment the other day and thinking about this site and told myself maybe I really needed to start one called gettingoldsucks.com! It is very hard to come up with cheerful, positive and encouraging stories about indulgent aging when you are doing nothing of the kind.
However, I think I have pretty much always been a “glass half full” kind of person and I am also a stubborn bitch when I put my mind to it and damn it I am going to have a happy old age if it kills me!
I have started feeling better and it did occur to me the other day that my current battle with my doctors and health has put my focus firmly on driving my doctors crazy and paying attention to what I eat and how to move my body on a long-term instead of start-something-and-quit basis. And I am making progress. I have read and Googled medical information and books until my eyes bleed but finally feel comfortable with the decisions that I am making. The fact that my blood pressure is lower along with my blood sugar makes me smile and that is an encouraging thing.
I also decided that the “getting old sucks” theme was the elephant in my room of indulgent aging and I might as well address it here instead of trying to pretend that all is hunky dory in the world of battered knees, weird, wrinkly places and as one of my male friends lamented “hair growing everywhere but where you want it”!
I live and work in a building populated by seniors 55 and older and I can tell you first hand that there is a wide range of aging styles in life. The most amazing thing to me when I started working here was that there seems to be this phenomenon where visible aging takes a timeout right around 60 and between the years of 60 to late 80’s there is very little change in the way people look and feel. And then in the 90’s the look and feel of aging seems to accelerate again. But the good news is that from 60 to late 80’s is close to 30 years! 30 years to learn new things, meet new people (or the man of your dreams), travel, volunteer, march in protests, work out every day and grow those muscles, all kinds of things can happen in 30 years.
I’ve decided that part of my job right now is focusing on my health, taking the time for me and for my body which I want to have around for my 30-year adventure. My biggest goal right now? Walking 30 minutes a day, with my kick-ass purple Nordic walking sticks, (I plan on starting a new trend!) and I promise I will share the good and bad with you along the way.