Writing this post about “getting old” has been quite interesting. I’ve gone through a whole RANGE of emotions about it and found myself right back where I started. At first when I was invited by BlogHer and Pfizer to write a blog post on how I feel about “getting old” I was slightly horrified. Me? Old? Did someone know something *I* didn’t know? I don’t FEEL old!
Of course I’m intelligent enough to realize that on the human continuum…I am definitely tilting more in the direction of “old” than “young”. If only slightly. ;-) Still, to have someone actually ask you to write about how you feel about getting old pretty much seals the deal….I’m getting old. :-(
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Well, if I’m OLD, I might as well write about it! Even if I’m not HAPPY about it. I begrudgingly went and visited GetOld.com, the website that Pfizer has launched where members of the public are encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences about getting older. First impression? Cool website. Neat interface. Creative idea!
Then I started reading the stories…and I read…and I read…and I read some more. I literally had to pull myself away and refocus myself on the task at hand…writing this post. The vignettes that people had posted were captivating! I absolutely loved reading what people had to share about “getting old”. Some much younger than me, some much older, but each with a compelling story and a strong opinion. And all of them REAL.
People talked about being scared, happy, angry, grateful, worried, ecstatic, etc. The list goes on and on because there are hundreds of different people with different stories, but now, thanks to Pfizer and the “Get Old” initiative, they all realize they are not alone. I was especially enamored with a pair of sisters, Kelly and Sally, that call themselves the Midlife Gals and were featured several places on the website. How great are they??? :-)
I love that they don’t take themselves too seriously (something I am guilty of!) and just live life and have fun…because age really IS just a number after all. I also found the website Divine Caroline through my browsing, which in turn led me an article by Kathy Porter called Six “Secrets” For Living Your Best Life At Any Age!
My favorite was #6.
Embrace wherever you are however old you are! Remember when you were twelve, you couldn’t wait to be thirteen? Or, when you were fifteen, you ached to be just one year older? How did you feel when you turned eighteen or twenty-one? All too soon, you’re staring thirty in the bathroom mirror or coming up on the early side of forty. Fifty. Fifty-five? Almost sixty? Maybe you’re walking with your sixty-five year old self or you’re just the other side of seventy. Maybe eighty’s looking pretty good right now. Each age has its own milestones. Grab hold of every one. Never look so far ahead that you forget to pay attention to exactly where you are right now.
So as I stated at the beginning of this post, I am right back where I started. Only WISER. :-) I still don’t FEEL old, but I’m not in denial either. I am throwing open my arms and wrapping them tightly around who I am right now…today. Regardless of the number on my driver’s license. :-)