I have never been afraid to grow old because I’m just not ready for the alternative!
Sneaky Wrinkles at 30
My first experience of watching me age right before my very eyes was the morning of my 30th birthday. I looked in the mirror and saw wrinkles around my eyes for the first time. They weren’t there last night when I was 29! How dare they show up unexpected and uninvited…
I was basically alone at the time. Away from friends and family on a mission in south Texas to become a teacher. I was in a one year on the job certification training program. I celebrated by taking the day off work and took myself shopping.
It’s a highlight of my time in the valley.
Party in Austin at 40
When I turned 40. I happened to be in Austin, TX at a conference. My honey showed up and we celebrated and celebrated and celebrated some more on 6th street. I think it was the first time that I remember saying, “I think I can beat up anybody right now!”
I don’t remember thinking that I was old. I just remember having fun.
Then, when I turned 50 last year, I couldn’t wait! I was so excited to get there.
I always thought that it would be a major accomplishment if I made it that far.
My dear husband planned the best party for me. I think it was the first party that he had ever planned.
To be honest, his thoughtfulness meant more to me than anything.
Side note: I feel like I need to say thank you again to the dear souls that followed his excel spreadsheet orders and assignments. You made it great and it was a very fun party!
But again, I don’t remember thinking or feeling that I was old. I just remember the fun.
Well now that I am over 50, I am starting to appreciate all the warnings of “what is to come” and I really wish I could remember everything that I have heard!
So here is a list of what I’ve got going on so far as the aging process sneaks up on me and what you get to experience when you get here:
1. You Have the Privilege of Getting a Colonoscopy
OK, my doctor springs this one on me at my physical a couple of weeks ago.
Actually, she told me when I was 49 but I purposely repressed that conversation.
Well, she reminded me.
I told her I really wasn’t looking forward to that experience but she said whatever – here’s your referral.
I have a love-hate relationship with my doctor.
2. You Have a Lot of New Freckles that the Dermatologist Likes to Call AGE SPOTS…
the polite ones call them sun spots.
So I guess the more sun you get the more spots you get.
I’ve had a lot of sun.
If only I could get them to all grow together so I could have a permanent golden brown tan!
3. You Lose Your Eyesight
This one I really hate.
I have always been nearsighted but not too bad.
It was just a couple of years ago that I couldn’t pass the seeing test for my driver’s license.
That made me mad at the time to have that label but that wasn’t the worst part.
The worst came one day when I picked up a book and couldn’t make out the words anymore.
And why does everything look so dark?
So now everything I want to read is blurry AND dark.
I went to Sam’s and bought a couple of packs (8 pairs!) of readers and planted them around my house like Easter eggs. If I am in a room, a pair of readers is close by in a drawer.
Just know that if you are at my house and cannot read, I can hook you up!
4. You Find Yourself on Wrinkle Watch Every Morning
I was ok with my level of wrinkly-ness until a few months ago.
I have for some reason started sleeping on my side.
Sometimes I start out on my back but in the morning I wake up and I’m on my side. (I told you what Dr. Oz said about that! See #4 under Lifestyle Changes)
You know the cute little creases that happen on a kid’s face after a nap?
Well, later in life those creases stick around!
I’m about ready to sleep with a swim noodle on each side to keep me from turning over.
Do you think that would work???
5. You Turn and Twist Your Head Around in the Mirror Trying to Find the Elusive Gray Hair
Now, I have been blessed to have hair that really hasn’t started to gray yet.
I got it from my momma, my granny and my big papa.
That is not to say that I do not have ANY grays.
I just have to be creative while looking for the annoying old person strand of hair trying to become a part of me.
6. You Start to Notice Hair on Your Chinny Chin Chin
More hair issues! Are you kidding me? Now why does it have to grow there?
I got a magnified makeup mirror and holy moly!
I wonder sometimes if dentists or dermatologists that get up close and magnify your face ever want to say, “Hey girl, when you get a chance, you might want to mow your chin!” 🙂
I have never ever had a great memory. I have probably forgotten more about my life then I remember but there is nothing worse than talking to someone and you can’t find the words to say.
We had a good laugh at Gov. Rick Perry’s expense during his first presidential run when he couldn’t remember the three “E” departments that he wanted to eliminate.
But recently at two different happy hours, I could not retrieve the word from my brain that I wanted to say.
Hey, maybe I don’t have this problem yet. Maybe it was the wine!
8. You Find the Extra Pounds that You Have Been Lugging Around for a While Don’t Want to Leave
Your fat has really gotten attached to you and will do anything it can to stay.
This one might be more about my choices than my age.
But I do remember when I was younger being able to lose weight easier than now.
I feel like I’m wearing a fishing vest that I can’t take off!
9. You Find Out that Exercise is Inevitable
OK, this one goes with the one above. Exercise can help not only your body but your brain.
Let’s get those endorphins going so we can start remembering what we need to remember when we need to remember!
Like don’t forget to exercise.
10. You Realize that Your Days are Numbered
Now I don’t mean to be morbid but let’s face it. I’m on the downside. I have lived more days than I have left.
I really don’t want to be 102!
It’s this time of your life that you can make every day count.
Surround yourself with people who love you and cheer you on.
Make being happy your #1 goal.
Find adventure instead of sitting in front of the TV.
Go. Do. Grow.
So at the end of it you can say, That was Frickin Awesome!