Aging is not for the faint of heart.
It takes guts to get up in the morning, mentally and emotionally feeling like you’re 35. Then you walk into the bathroom and look in the mirror. The horror strikes.
WTF? When did that happen?
And it really is like that. One day you’re young and the next day the cashier gives you the 5% discount on Senior Discount Wednesday at Kroger. And you didn’t ask for it. Or is Senior Discount Day on Tuesday? I guess I should figure that out…
It all happened in the blink of an eye. But I honestly don’t remember blinking.
Maybe it means that my life has been full and busy. Time passed, but I didn’t notice. Everything seemed pretty much the same day to day and year to year. Yeah, and that’s exactly what the Grand Canyon said when it was little gully with a stream flowing through it…
I just had a birthday recently and turned 61. Happy birthday to me!
But last year’s birthday was tough. Not being one to really ever be age sensitive, the whole turning 60 thing last year kinda shook me. It took me nearly the whole of 2014 to get used to having a “6” in the first position of my age. Now I’m very zen about it.
Not for the faint of heart.
And, not only do you age, those all around you are aging too. Friends, family, co-workers, TV and movie icons. Except Meryl Streep. My God, that woman must have a pact with the devil. Did you see her at the Golden Globes? So amazing…
As a Baby Boomer, I’m doing what all Baby Boomers are doing now. I’m “reinventing” myself in an attempt to defy the aging process. Becoming a massage therapist in my late 50’s, starting AGMA last year, going for my personal trainer certification in 2015, training to run a marathon next month, traveling overseas as often as I can. Didn’t you know, 60 is the new 40? Yeah, right.
I’m running just as fast as I can. But I can’t hide.
That was made brutally and tragically clear a few days ago on my birthday.
A woman in my running group turned around about a mile into an eight mile run saying she wasn’t feeling good and was a bit dizzy. Nothing she said gave anybody cause for alarm. When we got back to the parking lot ninety minutes later, she was found non-responsive in her car. One of our group immediately started CPR until the EMT’s came. She was taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead. Heart attack. She was only a few years older than me.
Here one minute, gone the next. Literally.
Two days later, the husband of another person in my running group died very suddenly, with no warning. Seriously? Has the world gone mad? Maybe I should quit my running group.
But honestly, maybe I don’t want to hide. If it’s my time, then it’s my time. Frack the Grim Reaper… Hell, I didn’t even eat the salmon mousse!
“Getting old is a privilege denied to many.” It’s a corny saying going around social media, but it’s kinda true. It was denied to my friend and my friend’s husband this week. It was denied to too many generations of young people who dutifully marched off to war. It was denied the victims of 9/11 and the Indian Ocean and Tohoko tsunamis. It was denied to the staff of Charlie Hebdo. You get the picture…
So I guess I’m actually feeling pretty good about this aging thing. Sure, some mornings the knees take a while to get moving and I’m getting cataracts and many times I don’t remember what I went upstairs to fetch. But all in all, it ain’t bad. Yet.
To celebrate, for the next week, I’m planning on eating some amazing food, drinking some outstanding wine and savoring some of the best coffee in the world in a city full of really old, ancient stuff. Way older than me. Roma. I expect I’ll feel like a tween at a Justin Bieber concert. Oh Baby!