Ups and Downs

“I have the perception that people talk about old age in two ways. One is to focus on the horrors of it, not that they should be underestimated, and the other is to romanticise it.” Alice Adams who was an American novelist.

Life is too short. For us oldsters it is flying by. Where did the oughts go in this century? Is that what we call them or did they blow by so quickly they had no name? Weren’t we just worried about Y2K?

The horrors? More restrictive diets. More surgery. More unusual looks from our docs. More pain. And worse yet, the next generation taking over who we frequently don’t understand.

But I also believe we do appreciate life more fully than in our youth. Surveys say we are more content. If fortunate enough to be retired, we can pursue what we truly love not what our manager has demanded. Romanticized? Maybe not.

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