This 50 and older thing advatages and disadentages
Advantages off the top of my head is having learned some valuable life lessons along the way including way to often learning the hard way. Experiencing some awesome events and a few adventures. Seeing your kids if you have had them successfully launch and watch them make there way through life. Those phone calls and visits asking mom or dad advice when they come into challenges or just to chat, hug and them saying love you mom / dad.
Disadvantage is aches, pains, busted up body from life, years of hard work which leads into all kinds of Dr visits, meds and surgeries. I busted my shoulder last year and headed for more surgery along with 1/2 dozen other things I need to be in the shop for but I am one so very happy blessed man. I don't care about how much pain or me being sick the past 3 yrs it's how this is weight and concern on Luann's shoulders and her operating my business when I'm laid out.
Oh by the way, I just got the opportunity to experience that Coved swap test which I think it goes up far enough to swab brain matter. I swear the swab went down my throat and tickled my lung. I'm sure some of you can testify to that as truth. :D
Ahhhh yes... getting older is a PITA but, we are in a good place and we are happy and content with who we are. Sure, we'd like to have slimmer bods but we enjoy life and exercise a little but aren't motivated enough to completely change our lifestyle. I, too, have multiple injuries that require surgery but I've been under several times now and, as I tell family and friends, I'm no cat so I don't want to waste too many lives on anesthesia. I can manage my aches and pains or just live with them. I never really noticed these aches and pains and limb limitations until I retired. I just worked through them. Now when I'm sedentary I seem to feel them more. That's my "Fitbit" alert to get off my ass and move! ;DDD
The kid thing is a blessing. The oldest daughter is most like her mother in career minded aspects. She hit the ground running and just keeps going to increase her education and career promotions. Youngest daughter is more like me. Content in various positions throughout her career and though promotion minded, not in any hurry. Both are married and have great husbands and great kids. With 7 grandkids, we stayed busy for quite some time but the youngest is 10 and the oldest is closing in on 20. Lots of changes for us coming soon. We adjusted through the empty nest syndrome with our girls and are experiencing it yet again with our grandkids. We are also blessed that they are all good kids (most of the time) and haven't given our girls or us , any issues to be concerned about.
Now... if this virus thing will just go away, we'll be out on the road and enjoying each others company in the confines of our 30' motorhome with 1 slide! hahahahahahaha
Yesterday I helped my daughter and her boyfriend move. I felt every bit of my age if not 20 years older and the affects of not being able to go to the gym in over 2 months.
In some of the work that I do, I do feel like the "Old Guy" on the crew. Although I don't have the speed and stamina of the younger crew members, I have knowledge that they can only learn through me and my experiences with things they have never seen or had to deal with in their short careers.
Our children and grandchild are our motivation to continue on. Our first born, like Andy's, is an over achiever with 2 undergrads and 2 masters and since elementary school, has always graduated with honors and at the top of his class. He is on his 5 promotion in the 7 years he has work at the same company. Our youngest, our "Social Butterfly" was on the 7 year undergraduate plan but she did graduate. She is most like her dad in that we can find joy in what ever we are doing at the time.
The aches and pains just remind me that I have lived. My clicking joints, echoing off the walls as I walk down a quiet hall, reminds me of the moguls I skied. My throbbing thumb reminds me of the time that I stopped the ball at 3rd base and tagged the runner for the final out.
So I am thankful that I have lived long enough to fill the aches and pains and seeing my grand daughter has given me a purpose and a want to live longer so that I can watch her grow to be the woman that she wants to be.
Just had an experience today that made me dislike getting older.
I stopped at a chain restaurant to pick up some food. First, I forgot my mask and had to go back to the car to get it as if I was not already tired. Then when I get inside, the big menu boards above the registers were gone. I though No problem, I know what I want except, they dont make those now, everything is a la carte. The problem is, I could read the small print on the new disposable paper menus so I had to go back to the car again and get my glasses.
Not being able to see to read is the one thing I really dislike about getting old.
Just had an experience today that made me dislike getting older.Not being able to see to read is the one thing I really dislike about getting old.
I feel your pain. When I hit my 40th birthday (yikes, 25 yrs ago), like magic, small print was unreadable.
I must agree on the aging routine...its a real pain, literally. If its not having to move slowly after sitting for a spell, its having to adjust your distance from a box to be able to read the print. But, its part of the deal. As my late father in law said, getting old isnt for sissies . He was spot on. Ill take it and keep playing with the grandkids.
Just had an experience today that made me dislike getting older.Not being able to see to read is the one thing I really dislike about getting old.I feel your pain. When I hit my 40th birthday (yikes, 25 yrs ago), like magic, small print was unreadable.
I'm lucky in that I'm very near sighted. I can see crystal clear/sharp up very close. Comes in handy in a lot of situations.