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OLD AGE – NOT A BAD THING!!

"You know you've reached middle age when you're cautioned to slow down by your doctor, instead of the police." – Joan Rivers.


The last few blogs have been serious; we all need a break. Today we look at something that can make us laugh. OLD AGE


I like the above quote and realize I am no longer middle-aged! I know that aging is not fun, but I have found that you will not enjoy your golden years if you are not humorous about the process.


When a woman is in her 40s or 50s, the change of life begins. While going through it, most do not find anything funny, but once it has run its course, the jokes begin! I have heard several comedians do a bit on menopause, and I have laughed so hard that I have almost fallen off my chair.


Below is one of the "funnies" I enjoy about menopause. I seemed to fit into every stage during my experience.


7 Stages of Menopause:

1. Itchy

2. Bitchy

3. Sweaty

4. Sleepy

5. Bloated

6. Forgetful

7. Psycho


Remember hot flashes? It is like a fire starts at your toes and moves up through the top of your head. I would walk outside in the wintertime with a sweater and coat on, and by the time I got home, I would be wearing a tank top (That is a little bit of an exaggeration!)


In past blogs, I have written about my struggle with bipolar. My moods during menopause were all over the place. Overall, I am a nice person. I WAS NOT NICE MUCH OF THE TIME. Sometimes I was downright mean, and people did not want to be around me. There is a personality disorder called Borderline Personality Disorder. The underlying thought of a person with this disorder is, "I hate you, don't leave me!" When my moods were out of control, I often did not make sense; I treated people with the attitude, "I want you; go away."


I wrote more about menopause than anything else because I know what that is like, and I am thankful that it is over and life is good!


As we grow older, we experience more aches and pains, have more medical issues, and our memory deteriorates. I was shocked when I was with friends and realized we were discussing our physical problems. I sat for approximately 10 minutes and listened. We were talking about things I heard the older generation talk about! I realized that now that I am over 60, I have moved into the older generation, and conversations have changed. What happened to talking about the latest styles, where the best sale is, or even sports? I have fallen into the generation of aches and pains.


As we age, we hear that we are living in our golden years. What is meant by living your golden years? Generally speaking, the golden years begin at age 65 and last until age 80. However, some experts question whether "golden years" still belong in our vocabulary because the time span and definition of retirement have changed over the past half-century.


I am not 65 yet, so I guess I am not in my "golden years" yet!


I am thrilled that I am in my 60s; I am no longer in my 20s and 30s and stupid. I made some unwise decisions in those days and am much wiser now. I still make some foolish decisions but not as often.


When I was younger, I could be quite the drama queen. I overreacted to almost every little thing that happened. I am still easily excited today, but my brain is attached to my head, and I can think things through. I have learned to take deep breaths, write, and figure out what is happening.


I say to the older generation – ENJOY LIFE. Life is more than aches and pains. It is making connections with others, maintaining l friendships, and for many being grandparents.


10 Best Things About Growing Old

1. Happier outlook

2. Grandchildren

3. More time for loved ones

4. Participating in civics and volunteering

5. Opportunity to pursue your dreams

6. Wisdom

7. Better social skills and more empathy.

8. Medicare and social security

9. Senior discounts

10. Sense of accomplishment


Whatever time of life you are in, ENJOY your life.


Have a great week.


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