Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Getting Old?????

Yesterday was my birthday, and I am amazed to find myself at 58! When I was a teen, I thought that 30 was "adult", and "40" middle-aged, and "sixty" was pretty old. Well, when I hit 30-40-50.... I kept redefining my definitions.Its not that I think "old" is bad, but I don't FEEL old. In fact, as a result of my walking and weight loss, I feel younger than ever (almost... I am ignoring here my bad knees). OK. To be honest, I realize that I do not have the stamina I had at 18. But I have a lot more than I had at 45!
[Actually, a good question for discussion would be: “What is feeling ‘old’?” Our “love-youth society have perhaps led us to believe that growing old is not a positive thing, while in many ways it may be!] And in a way, I DO feel "old", in that I feel I have a vision and maturity and wisdom that most young adults have yet to gather.
But at almost-60 I am not willing to consider myself "old", rather "middle-aged" (even though some voice from within is whispering in my ear that I have undoubtedly passed the midpoint of my life span.......). I wonder what I will feel like at seventy????
And I look at the older people in my life who are WAY fitter than I am, and realize that the only real problem is not years, but how you feel!


Anonymous said...

Happy birthday. My grandmother is 92 and always tells people her age because she is proud of every year.

Cindy said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday to you.

You will have to imagine the singing!

I have heard that "old" is at least 20 years older than whereever you are currently which sounds about right.

Amy said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

I really don't mind getting older - except for the knee thing. I have found its all about how you look at life, not how old you are, as to how well we age.

Staying Afloat said...

Happy Birthday! I agree- it is about how old you feel. Sometimes I feel like my experiences have made me older (and wiser?), but then I look around and see how much I don't know and I feel so young. I guess compared to the All Knowing, we're all babies.