…not right in the heart of middle age, but no spring chicken either (who ever thought of that expression spring chicken…sounds like some farmer who might have loved his animals a little too much). Along with having the aches and pains of getting older, I also have the responsibilities of raising children, cooking, cleaning, ironing (ok, I don’t actually do that last one). Life after college is not exactly as wonderful as you might have pictured when you were in high-school.
The other night as I watched “World’s Dumbest”, (yeah I know, but I have to get my writing material somewhere) I saw a clip in which an elderly gentleman ran through the window of a convenience store. After all the ex-celebrities and comedians were done making fun of the clip, they started to explain how it was kind of okay because the guy had missed a medication or something like that and no one was hurt, etc. I couldn’t help thinking that if the crazy driver had not been old his criticisms would have been a lot harsher.
Later my daughter came back after spending the night with grandma and I was met with choruses of “oh, she was great”, “very helpful”, “no bad attitude”. All three at the same time? Grandma’s blessings. Plus grandparents are always talking about how nice it is to spoil the kids, sugar them up, and send them home.
Did you also know that you get guaranteed life insurance if you are 65 or older, but not if you are younger with MS or some other disabilities? AARP gives you discounts on travel and other things. Seniors even eat cheaper at restaurants (sometimes less than children). There are many organizations which have “Senior Appreciation” days with free or reduced admission to different events or attractions.
Also, think of retirement communities. Many people retire somewhere cool like Florida, or they just travel the world in their RV. Even if you can’t afford one of those options, a lot of small town or city retirement communities are basically apartments with wide halls, grab bars, and plenty of neighbors to play dominoes with. Sure there are the downsides of having other people wipe your butt, having to wear a medical alert bracelet, your kids taking care of you, etc. but when you really think about it, are those actually downsides or blessings in disguise?
Personally, getting old sounds better every day.