I am of the age when many of my doctors are retiring. That’s a weird thing in itself. But the ones replacing them are, well, really young.
I have shoes older than some of these professionals.
I had occasion to go to the ophthalmologist recently for a cornea infection. Having some general issues with vision in one eye, I said to the young man, “I figured it was just part of getting older.”
Without skipping a beat he responded, “I don’t think you’re quite ready for the ‘O’ word.”
First if all, I could have kissed him! I restrained myself from giving him a big old motherly kiss on the cheek.
But restrain myself I did and I had time to think about his remark on the way home.
Not ready for O
I’m definitely not ready to be old. I fight against it because it scares my a big.
Of course there are health concerns with aging, but there are things you can do to stay vibrant as long as you can and I am surely doing many of those things.
What concerns me more is the attitude of aging.
I did not have the privilege of seeing my parents age because they died when I was a teenager.
But I did study my in-laws as they aged. I loved them dearly and they loved me.
It was painful to see them slow down.
As health conditions mounted, their world got smaller and smaller.
Where once they took cruises and vacationed in far-away places, age kept them close to home and their universe shrank.
They still attended church, but the rest of their weeks were taken up with doctor visits and just trying to maintain everyday life.
Perhaps some world-shrinkage is inevitable with age, but I still yearn to visit far off places and chase an adventure or two. Lord willing, my health will continue to allow it.
I will not live long enough to pursue everything I am interested in!
While my work consumes most of my time, I have a list an arm’s length of interests: writing, music, basket weaving, jewelry making, reading, movies, concerts, lectures, exhibits, classes. If I didn’t work, I’m sure each day would be filled with activity!
How can you live in this fascinating world and not have interests?
As I approach the “O” word, my challenge is pursuing the BEST interests from the flippant ones. What fun I will have choosing!
Maybe because my kids arrived when I was a bit older, but i’m in contact with many different ages of people. My kid’s friends and the other attorneys in the courthouses I frequent are all quite young. Then I also have friends and relatives who are my age.
I think it’s something that will keep me young to have contact with a wide age range of people.
Why? Because they think differently and express themselves differently. I can learn from them just as much as they can learn from me!
It I only fraternized with people my own age, how would I learn anything new?
Love it or hate it, technology is here is to stay. You can rail against it or you can embrace it and allow it to enrich your life.
I’m not super techy but I can build websites and can navigate some pretty hairy stuff.
And then some days, I have to ask my twenty-something son to clarify something or other on my iPhone.
Technology is an adventure. Embrace it!
How about you? Are you ready for the “O” word? What steps are you taking to stay vibrant and alive as long as you can?