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June 14, 2013

Are you scared of getting old?!

Have you ever read the news, listened to the radio or watched the TV and thought “Boy! Why is it all bad news, doesn’t anything good ever happen?!”. I suppose there’s always some article about good “happenings” or positive “things” but it seems to me that the majority of news talk is about a hopeless and dangerous world.  But I wonder what your response is?  Do you feel consigned to the impending doom or do you think you can make a difference or change, or perhaps you don’t care!  I think this may be why the article I found in my usual weekly research has really touched me! I’ve been encouraged by what is a great example of an older person speaking from her own experience and what she has learned in life and talking about the attitude she takes when faced with adversity.  This is the article and when you’ve read it I’d like to hear your thoughts.

Have you experienced loss, deprivation, and change you didn’t anticipate?  How did you respond to it? I’d really like to hear from you, so please share your thoughts and ideas amongst the community of readers in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading!

2 Comments on “Are you scared of getting old?!

Helen
June 17, 2013 at 09:35

An inspiring read! But then I’m fortunate in that most women I know are positive in outlook and strong (in spirit if not in body). I think that being a mother is fabulous training for one’s older years – the commitment to a child’s physical, mental and social development generates a self-sufficiency and drive which can only be a strength in one’s own latter years. For those who have not had their own children, it may be more of a challenge to be so outgoing and independent in later life, but I have found that many women I know in this category get their drive from focusing on, and creating for themselves, other paths and opportunities in life. This can result in a marked distinction between the way women age and the way men age. Of course, I recognize that what I’ve said above is very much a generality – and in particular one can’t underestimate the toll of life events – when even the strongest person can be brought low by circumstances. I used to be sceptical of the phrase “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, but having lived through my son becoming disabled, two divorces, and losing a home I loved – maybe there’s some truth in it. Certainly, despite the various slips and falls I’ve had along my way up till now, I don’t in any way feel depressed, victimised or pessimistic. I am thoroughly enjoying the freedom of retirement and everything if offers. At 65, with the knowledge that I have some good genes (my mother is 95 and still fully functional!) I foresee another phase in my life lasting perhaps 30 years – and realise it’s a good time now to lay foundations for that phase to be creative, satisfying and fun.

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Simona
June 26, 2013 at 11:32

Thank you Helen,
I think laying those foundations is absolutely vital!

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