The Joys of Aging

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“You’re only as old as you feel.”
– Anonymous person who was lying

As we began this latest landscaping project, we had big plans.  Most of those plans involved us never getting tired.

Some of the grunts and groans we make these days are humorous, and then we realize the windows are open and they become less funny.  Getting out of a chair after shoveling dirt and rock all day – not as easy as it once was.  Raking hundreds of pounds of dirt into the lawn – not so much fun.

When we think back on all of the projects we’ve done in years past, we marvel at the energy we once had.  Not that we’re THAT old – but once you hit your fifties, things begin to breakdown more often.  So in order to bring some humor into the situation, today I am sharing some of the perks of being over 50…

  • Your secrets are safe with your friends because they don’t remember them anyway.
  • You sing along with elevator music.
  • You have a party and the neighbors don’t even realize it.
  • People call after 9 and ask if you were still up.
  • There’s not much left to learn the hard way.
  • You no longer view speed limits as a challenge.
  • The gleam in your eye is from the sun hitting your bifocals.
  • You look forward to a dull evening.
  • You send money to PBS.
  • You wear black socks with sandals.
  • When you bend over to tie your shoes, you look for something else to do while you’re down there.
  • You start sentences with, “when I was young”.

It might be a little frustrating that we can’t do the things as easily as we once were able to, but the good thing about getting older is getting older.  The alternative isn’t so great.

Off to find the Ben-Gay.  Oh yes, one more…you can say Ben-Gay without laughing.

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