Monday, February 02, 2015

Microblog Mondays: Growing Old(er)

Our dear Mel over at Stirrup Queens has begun a blog phenomenon... as she frequently does. 

Microblog Mondays. Writing in your own space. Something short and sweet. But it's meant to take back our bloggy space and call it our own. I am going to try to do this periodically. Life's hectic. So we'll see how long this lasts.

This past weekend I was tied up with a number of rather 'domestic' things. Some baking. Some cooking. Lots of laundry (as usual). Some cleaning. Moving furniture. Disassembling and reassembling a table and a queen-sized bed. Some sewing. Some blogging (for a church initiative). Even writing and distributing a newsletter.

And as I'm doing all these things, I find the arthritis in my fingers acts up now and then. Or it's harder than it used to be to move the queen-sized mattress (yes, by myself... but just pulling it over the wood floor). And you know something? I needed my reading glasses to thread the needle for my sewing projects and to pick out the individual threads in the material. READING GLASSES people?!!! I'm not even 45 yet!

I realize I'm getting older and yet, I still think of myself as the insecure 16-year old who hides in the bathroom during lunch. I don't know if I've really "grown up" or if I'm just growing old.

Hubby and I have about 15-20 years to retirement. We are planning for that already. But I always wonder about how good my health will be when I get there. I had WLS last year to try to give me a leg up so my health is better into my old age.

But you just never know.

Case in point: a colleague/girlfriend. Two weeks before her retirement, she lost her brother suddenly. One week (to the day) after that, she had a heart attack. She survived (thank God!) but now realizes that she needs to take better care of herself to enjoy her retirement and to LIVE to be here for her family. Please heavens, I can do my utmost now to ensure my good health when I retire. Because I have plans and I have no intention of letting time or other factors take those plans away from me. (I know, I know. Wanna make God laugh? Tell him your plans for the future.)

Fingers crossed for these plans to come to fruition. Growing old(er) sucks. :(


torthúil said...

here from Microblog Mondays. That sounds like a really productive weekend! I'm impressed. Staying healthy for retirement is a great goal! the other important element is to have a purpose...i.e. things to do and goals to meet...I think too often people retire with no purpose (because work was their reason to get up in the morning) and then health issues start.

Lollipop Goldstein said...

I don't think I will ever be able to retire. I'll just die at my desk and they'll cart me out.

I feel the same way; in my brain, I'm a young adult. But then I look in the mirror and realize that I'm not a kid anymore: I'm old.

Northern Star said...

I love this: I don know if I've really grown up or if I'm just growing old. Me neither - I feel like my younger self all the time (similar insecurities) and am shocked when I reminf myself of how old I am.

loribeth said...

I hear you. (Well, sort of. My hearing is not what it used to be, lol.) I still think of myself as about 22... until I get up from the couch & my knees start to creak. :p

I had to get bifocals/multifocals when I was about 46. And then those weren't enough so I still had to get reading/computer glasses on top of those. :p My one consolation was that my YOUNGER sister had to get them a few years before me!! ;)

I vowed, when I lost my job/was thrust into earlier-than-expected retirement, that I was going to use this opportunity to improve my health and get into some good habits. And we were really pretty good about going for after-breakfast walks in those first few months. I lost between 10 & 15 pounds in the process. I felt great!

And then we hit mid-November, when the temperatures plummeted and the snow began to fly. You live in the same country I do so I think you know whereof I speak. ;) I have investigated the local rec centre for yoga classes but haven't forked over my money. Yet. I'm hoping there will be some other "older" women there and not just all 30-something SAHMs in tight little Lululemons. :p

Jess said...

I get that feeling of "How can I be this old when I still feel like an awkward teenager???" -- I don't get how time marches on but I feel the same, even though I've experienced so much. The story at the bottom is powerful--being healthy in retirement is so important--it's awful when you hear of people who work and work and then finally retire and something health related prevents them from enjoying it. I like your plan, even if it makes you feel old... you still have a ways to go to retirement! :)

Paula Schuck said...

Yes getting old sometimes sucks but they say the alternative is worse, right? I am glad your friend survived the heart attack. It's frightening for sure.