Growing Old Is Not For Sissies

This year I turn 77 and it’s beginning to show.

No. That post image is not me. Though I am now over three-quarters of a century old, I am in good health. I am blessed with good genes it seems and so too is my wife. She has seven siblings and I have four and they are all still with us and all in reasonably good health. My mother lived to the grand old age of 98 and my mother and father in law lived well into their 80s. My father was a casualty of World War One and died far younger than he should have with various pulmonary problems as a result of the war.

Both my wife and I are active, both physically and mentally. We have a small circle of friends and enjoy board games, music, dinner parties, plays, movies, walking, our children and grandchildren, and stimulating conversation.

There is an opinion out there based on increasing longevity, better health care, more awareness of the need for healthy eating, and fitness that 70 is the new 50. This is just not true. Its a fallacy. I can remember being 50 even though it was 27 years ago. My joints and back didn’t creak. I had far more stamina. My hair wasn’t grey. I didn’t have a pending issue with glaucoma and cataracts. My hearing was 100 percent and I didn’t have a turkey neck.

Another big difference was the number of friends I had in my fifties compared to the number I have in my 70s. Why?

Many of them have died! 

If 70 is the new 50, does that mean 80 is the new 60 and 90 the new 70? I don’t think so. I know several people in their 90s and they have many more health issues and degeneration of body organs than I do in my 70’s.

Growing old is an inescapable fact of life. All humans suffer from the ravaging effects of the sun, the weather, chronic diseases, and wonky genes. We originated as four-legged animals and gradually became bipedal. 

Our skeletal makeup is suspect, originally designed for tree climbing, not for two-legged running or playing tennis and basketball and other sports that require juking and jiving and sudden stops. As a result, all humans at some point in their life suffer back and joint pain requiring hip replacements, knee replacement, spinal fusion, chiropractic, and physio care and maintenance that becomes more necessary as you age.

As someone once said: Growing old is not for sissies.

I count myself as lucky. Three years away from 80 and in good health - touch wood. And I grew up in an age of leaded gasoline and DDT: no such things as catalytic converters, seat belts or airbags. No Department of the Environment. A time when some brands of cigarettes were recommended by doctors and the word vegan did not exist. Somehow, many of us survived to live to an old age.

There are many positives to getting older. You learn to appreciate the small things in life much more. Sunsets.  Children’s laughter.  Growing a garden. Walks. The joy of grandchildren.  My eyesight may not be 20/20 any more but my perspective and perception of things are much clearer now than it was when I was younger.

But, regardless of how well I look or act or how healthy I am, I refuse to believe 70 is the new 50. It just ain’t so. My aging bones tell me so!

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I grew up in New Zealand and up until I left, a genuine Kiwi. I moved to the Land of OZ (Australia) when I was 22 where I worked until moving to New Guinea. A year and a half of working in sweltering tropical heat was enough for me and I moved back to NZ. Suffering from wandering feet, I emigrated to Canada in 1969, living and working in Vancouver with some time spent working in a mine in Northern BC. After a short spell in Vancouver, I moved to California where I enjoyed surfing and the CA lifestyle.  After 6 months of the good times, I moved back to Vancouver where I ended up getting married,  settled down, fathered 3 great kids who  in turn have provided me with two wonderful grandchildren. In my working life, I have been a mechanic, a welder, an auto dealership owner, a TV producer, production manager,  marketing and sales management, an insurance specialist, owned my own insurance agency, and ran my own business consulting agency for the last 8 years. Combined with this trade, I have been writing short stories, a half dozen children's books, two film scripts, numerous business, and marketing plans, blogging and writing online articles, and generally having fun. I love writing and love feedback, good or bad - or indifferent. I love researching, learning, reading, good conversation, debating, and challenges. My hobbies are sailing, playing the guitar, reading, green travel and genealogy. What is the most important thing in my life?  Family and the environment.     
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Michelle Patterson prides herself on her random pop culture knowledge. She finds great joy in all things horror related and tries to enjoy movies on a weekly basis. If she's not at the theater, she can be found at a convention or a concert. She is passionate about helping people around her that taking care of their mental health is as important as their physical health as well as today's current political climate. To connect with her more, check out her Instagram, her Twitter, her Facebook page, or her website.

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