It seems like every year something happens…something unexpected, unalluring and unwanted. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very aware of the alternative to getting older and I am grateful for the opportunity to be alive, but, can I just say…..WOW! This getting older is not for the faint-hearted (literally) and here are 5 reasons why.
#5. Huh? What did you say? Say again? These ears that once could hear a baby sigh in another room or hear a bag of chips open in the other end of the house, now evidently cannot hear my husband and vise versa. We carry on a conversation and 89% of it involves saying, “What did you say?”
How can this be? Soon our children and grandchildren will be raising their voices and mouthing their words while standing right in front of us. H i M o t h e r, h o w a r e y o u?
#4. The “eyes” have it! Cataracts, floaters, flashes, glasses and the always popular, “I’m not comfortable driving at night anymore.” These brown eyes once could spot a misbehaving student while my back was to the class. I could ask, “Are your hands clean?” and know the answer instantly from 30 feet. I even remember so long ago, when I could actually read without adjusting the length of my arm or the lighting. Sigh…..
#3. Snap! Crackle! Pop! Creak!….you guessed it, the knees. Oh, I know, some of you still have good knees, even cute knees, but for the rest of us, it’s just not pretty. You know it’s REAL when you train your 3-year-old grandchild to help you up off the floor. Goodbye mini skirts….farewell long jogs on the beach! Hello Aspercreme, knees braces and Motrin.
#2. I hate to even get started on teeth, but I must. Perhaps you are one of the few who still have all of your own pearly whites. Maybe you are the lucky one who doesn’t know what a crown is or a root canal. But, for some, our dental bills look like a monthly mortgage payment. For many, the reason our teeth look so good is that we paid for them! The good news is, no one really has to know if they’re the originals or not, as long you keep smiling and don’t tell! (Be careful with the popcorn!)
#1. Last but not least is food. I remember when Nacho Doritos were not synonymous with heartburn….when Mexican food or Italian dishes could be eaten any time of day with favorable results. Now, it seems that almost anything we eat demands a Tums, Gas-X, Pepto Bismol or Prilosec. It seems that some of the things we used to eat and enjoy, now, are not our friends and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing; it’s something we think about and plan for. Goodbye, eating late at night! Farewell, spicy foods! Hello, low-carb, high-fiber and probiotics!
Yes, it does seem that every year something happens; there is something that changes, disappears or pops up. I truly believe getting older is not for sissies. In fact, as we get older we get smarter, wiser and enjoy life more fully; it just takes a little planning. Motrin? Glasses? Gas-X? Dental floss?
All ready! Let’s go!