Saturday, December 7, 2013

SEXAGENARIAN

Being in my sixties does have one bright spot.  We have the best name for our age group.  SEXagenarian.  I think it sounds way better than octogenarian or nonagenarian or centenarian.  Which are fast approaching.  Gosh, I can hardly wait.



Fortunately, most of us sexagenarians have a good sense of humor.  It's just about the only thing that keeps us plodding along.  When my daughter was young, a friend would reassure me she was just going through a phase.  With the caveat that the next phase was worse.  I have a funny feeling the same thinking applies here.

But my thinking is not all doom and gloom.  I use the bad and ugly as a source for my weird humor.  Today I happened upon a Huffington Post article written by an 87 year old woman (Nancy Alcock Hood ... who married for the first time at age 82).  Here are a few of her optimistic tips!

You're not as young as you look.  You're as young as you feel.  This is so true.  We can still learn new things!  We can try things we never even thought about before.  Of course, we have the wisdom to think through any physical compensations.

Change happens.  So choose your change.  Remember when we were little and we would say we were 5 and 3/4?  Adding those extra months show we are optimistic about getting to that next year.  We all want to control our lives (and maybe a few others').  But status quo ... we do not have to stay in our current living condition, griping about the new neighbors.  Get a head start on planning the future.  The future YOU want.

You can get into shape no matter how old you are.  At least we can be in better shape than we are currently.  I have never been athletic or an exercise person.  But I sure can start now!  It will only do me good.

Time is a friend.  Sometimes I really don't believe this.  When I do get realistic, I've got a good 20 years ahead of me.  That's a whole career!  A generation!!  Whoo hoo!



3 comments:

  1. Too funny. I can see a few New Year's Resolutions evolving from this post.

    All kidding aside, I love that statement about change happens, choose your change. I'm going to steal that for my new mission statement, since subconsciously that's what I feel I've been trying to do since my husband died.

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  2. LOVE this post! Excellent frame of mind, and a mindset changer! Might post this on the bathroom mirror, just because!

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    1. Yes, we can choose our change. Mr. Ralph used to say life happens. How we react to each event is up to us. We can choose to be understanding of a set back ... or angry and miserable and pathetic. Totally up to us!

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