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Notes on getting older....

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  1. valis

    valis Moderator Thread Starter

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    Yeah, we get roughly an ice storm a year, lasts for a day or so and then back to 60F. I actually did have to break out my toque this year over the holiday break; took me forever to find it.
     
  2. Cookiegal

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    Getting back to the "getting older" theme of the thread, a friend's husband once said: "Now it takes me all night to do what I used to do all night". :D
     
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    Some things I've noticed about myself in the past few years: I'm not in a hurry...if it doesn't get done so what...I value less stuff and more space...the urge to prove myself has faded...I don't judge myself as much (consequently others neither)..I don't ruminate over disappointment...I'm more focused and have ceased to multi-task or meet deadlines...it does take longer to heal, but I'm more patient also...I'm not as controlling with people as I used to be...really stubborn though...don't second guess myself to often...I have less physical energy and more mental energy. Basically I think I have more control over me, and expect less from the outside. I don't know if that's just maturity of getting older.
     
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  5. ekim68

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    One of the benefits of getting older is the Collection of Memories. The more we live, the more we have.... :cool: I can think back to enjoy a lot of memories, even ones that change over time.. :eek:
     
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  6. RT

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    Now bear in mind I may have ten years on most of you, from what you've posted.
    There are three thing that happen as you age....
    Firstly your memory starts to fail and....um...er,...
    I can't remember the other two. :(

    Then there's that line from Space Cowboys talking about 'I can tell you what happened 20 years ago, but I can't remember what I had for breakfast.'
    Oh wait! I do recall the second thing...that's when you say (out loud, after some sort of endeavor, esp. physical) "Damn! I can't do that anymore!":(
    It's odd that you start losing your hair, but it seems to show up on your toes and in your ears., fully attached.
    I also have to edit my typing in a way that takes way longer for me to edit than it does for you to read it...I often correct the spell checker, after hours of research...

    Also I've learned the value of "Temporary Measures." I often use a temporary fix for something 'r 'nuther, and if ya just leave it alone long enough it will eventually become permanent.. :cool: (y)
    Duct tape and WD40 is really important here.
    (recently grown fond of Gorilla Tape, too)

    But overall, imo, "The Golden Years " are not what they're cracked up to be but I, personally, have little to complain about (on this thread)...thankfully....
    whole different deal on a daily basis here, as will talk to myself often, moan, groan and complain (and answer back!)
    But I'm actually enjoying my retirement, and like most older folks I could done go on and on...etc. etc.:rolleyes:

    But I must say that when my first grand child was born, I told my wife "I don't mind being a Papaw, but I feel funny sleeping with a Grandma..."
    :D
     
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    When are the 'Golden Years'?

    And why are they Gold? :confused:
     
  8. Brigham

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    For me, the most striking thing about getting older, is the loss of old friends. Whether it is death or dementia, they seem to be going increasingly. I am now 84 and I have none of my old sporting pals left. I remember that when I was young, at parties, there was old blokes and women sitting in corners just looking. Now I am one of them. It's lucky for me that my wife is 10 years younger than me. She is very active and looks after me very well. Our holidays now are mostly cruises. I have a back problem so I can't walk far without having to sit down for a minute or so. I don't always get off the ship when it is in port, as there is always a lot to do on board. This suits me well. My wife sometimes gets off without me if there is somewhere she wants to see. In reply to RT, I'm a great granddad sleeping with a great grandma. I'm glad to say that is not impaired!!
     
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    I had avoided posting to this because it's my saddest issue of getting older.
    I went to my 50th high school reunion about 4 years ago and now wish I hadn't.
    Vietnam, strokes, heart attacks, cancer and other ailments had taken their toll on the friends of my youth.
    But it also extended into my own family. Too many gone in a short period of time.

    My point:

    Life can be very fragile.

    The older you get, the more fragile life becomes.
     
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    And it used to be vice versa, eh?...was going to mention that myself :cool:

    Breaking my leg two days after retirement (plans dashed!), I went to my farewell from work party on crutches and pain meds. Expected to give some sort of speech or something, I just mumbled some mumbo jumbo about how it was a good place to work (it was), and all the fine people there (not entirely true.)... What I'd sorta planned was to rip into the the poor management changes/practices and the general lack of morale resulting... don't get me wrong, I was dedicated to my work, and enjoyed it most of the time... ~~~Talking with one of the few work friends I still care about, she said that's the most pitiful retirement party she's ever been to.
    Sorry, just rambling, I'm a rambling guy....;)

    But to Brigham's post, the loss of friends over time is tragically sobering. A few of my true friends passed way too early, in their 30's or 40's.... it's heart breaking when you have to be a pall bearer for some one you cared about....
    I used to say when you get older you can count your true friends on one hand - but I meant that as defining true friendship, not as an unexpected sudden loss to lessen the count...
    Here I must digress, lest I become too emotional.

    But I'm surprised at most all who have posted here, most of you I would never have thought you anything other than young...your posts on TSG deny your age! Thoughtful and intelligent, maybe a bit cynical at times, but the young at heart humor and attitude shines :)
    (though I knew Mike was an old timer :D )
    And you used think 40 was over the hill? :eek:
     
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  11. 2twenty2

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    When I started getting old everything hurt. And what didn't hurt doesn't work anymore. :(
     
  12. Deke40

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    One advantage to getting older is my wife and I just took a weeks trip to the Rocky Mountains and stayed in Canon City. We have visited there before but with our memory it seem like some place new. Gotta love it.(y)

    My health and her's haven't been getting any better but we just keep trucking on. This was at 11.000 feet up in Rocky Mountain Park. We covered 2800 miles in a week because we thought this might be the last hoorah. Guess what it is not and we are going to make another trip in the fall if everything is working on our two old bodies. Not bad for a 77 & 78 year old.
     

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    Well done Deke and Keep on Keepin' on. I hope I'm that able at that age... (y) (Of course assuming I make that age.. :eek: )
     
  14. RT

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    Nearly forgot about this thread, recalling we're only as old as the day is long.

    Ya know, it's just about as easy to get pissed off with some one just as easy as it is to feel compassion for some one less fortunate that you.
    that can go either way, from day to day.

    My hope is that we all lean towards compassion rather than anger.
    Everyone is going through something, be it good or bad.
     
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  15. Volstein

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    Why so many young people these days think that they're getting old when they turn 25 or even worse 30? Our generation has to be young and progressive and we wouldn't look like our grandgrandmas and pas. The technologies go further and now it's easy to get rid of nose hair, ears hair and even wrinkles. So stop being afraid and live your life as you want! Just enjoy every moment in order to be happy when you'll be dying.
     
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