As we get older, we……
Ah, we know when we get older that we cannot do the things we used to do. We do not heal as quickly. We do not eat as much. We do not drive as recklessly as we used to (did we really overtake at that speed to get around the offending car before running headfirst into the oncoming vehicle?).
AND, we do doze off in the afternoon more frequently. We do have to get up in the middle of the night more often. We do forget words more often.
BUT, this is not all bad. It is just a new experience for us, a new adventure along the roadway of our life. Just as coming to a new country when we were in our early twenties was a new adventure, or our first job, or getting married was a new adventure, so is growing old a new adventure.
Of course, aging has its difficulties, as cited above, and one really big difficulty with which we have to deal is that of having your friends die before you do. In my case, although I am 78 years young, I have only lost one friend recently. A couple of others have had health problems, but even people half our age can or could have the very same problems. However, I have known others who have had their friends die. Fortunately, I am relatively healthy and exercise almost every day. My Beloved and I get up, do 20 minutes of stretching, then 10 minutes of strength-building. We then visit our Wii board and do a few more exercises and ascertain that that wonderful dinner we had last night has not contributed to adding another half kilo to our weight.
Yes, we keep young by thinking young. We keep young by doing things we want to do, not simply sitting and letting the rest of the world go by.
So, life for us is still an adventure: what shall we do today? where shall we take the next cruise? what shall we cook for dinner tonight?
Yes, life is fun!