You are only as old as you feel. Age is just a number.
Two great sayings and while I believe of them and generally live by these sayings, this week has proven to be a tough one for the age in me.
Earlier this week, I had a very strange feeling in my right leg. Years ago, I had varicose vein surgery and had a vein stripped out of my right leg. It still bothers me but this past week I had pinprick feelings in that leg. It concerned me enough to move my couch over to another area so that I can be on my laptop and put my leg up at the same time. (Old laptop – needs to be plugged in all the time).
So while that initially helped the pinprick feeling, it caused me to twist my hip in a strange way that I must have pinched a nerve. It has been excruciatingly sore the past two days – I have taken to having a hot bath with Epsom salts to relieve the pain at night. Tonight it almost feels normal again.
So while it’s great to say you are only as old as you feel, this week I felt about 80 years old. Aging is not fun – menopause, hot flashes, pains in the legs and hips, sore shoulders from repetitive motion at work – it is all making me feel a lot older than I am.
Yes, age is just a number and I truly believe that. But at the same time, waking up in the morning to a sore hip is not fun. I am not enjoying this part of the aging process!!
Today I went to a birthday party for an old neighbour – she turns 90 years old in a few days and her kids and grandchildren had a surprise party for her. It was a very lovely afternoon and I saw such a lovely combination of people there to celebrate this lovely lady’s big milestone of turning 90 years old.
It seems like such a big number – 90 years old. But when I saw this lady walking in, using a walker and then abandoning it to use her cane to go and visit her friends who had come to celebrate, I was amazed at how much vim and vigor she had in her steps and seemed excited to see all her friends and family come to share this special time.
In the back of my mind, I kept picturing myself at her age. Will I have that same lively step? Will I have that many friends to come out and celebrate with me? Will I even make it to 90? And yes, of course, that is a real possibility and I am aware of that. And that’s okay.
I will be turning 55 in 2020. I never think about my age, but as I approach the “senior” ages – which includes the bonus of senior discounts! – I am becoming more aware of my age. I have decided that there is so much to do still in my life that I am going to ignore the numbers, make sure I’m in good shape and make the most out of this life. And I have every intention of being somewhere exciting for my 55th!
Age really is just a number, and if you don’t dwell on it too much, you can do anything you want no matter your age. Traveling and working while I travel is on my mind. Sitting on a beach somewhere warm in the winter months, with a laptop with me, is definitely on my mind. I can work and travel. Lots of people do that and I am ready to do this!
Does age bother you? Or is it just a number? Have you accomplished what you wanted to for the age you are at?