The Other I

March 16, 2008

Thoughts on another birthday

Filed under: Survival Strategies — theotheri @ 11:35 am

I turned 68 today.  Since I am well past the majority of birthdays that are going to be made available to me in total, I have been concentrating on enjoying them more.  I find it easier now than I used to.  There’s less angst about time speeding away as I frantically pursue what looks like a much lower standard of meaning than I’d planned.

Being 68 is an interesting experience.  I remember not long ago when I thought 68 was very old.  Dad died at 69, and he didn’t seem to me then to have died tragically young.  What surprises me is that I don’t feel old.  I haven’t so much  changed my view of what 68 is like, as I haven’t adopted a self-image in which I myself am 68.  I feel closer to 40.

This gross distortion of reality gives me pause when I see 70 year olds wearing blond shoulder-length hair,  skirts that are too short or make-up they should have binned at 35.  I myself highlight my hair to cover the grey, which doesn’t seem to be too tasteless.  But I still fit into some of the clothes I bought 30 years ago, and I’m not sure they remain suitable for someone in my age group. 

I keep trying to remind myself that my goal isn’t to look decades younger than I am, but to feel that way.  I have found the secret – I hate to tell you this – is daily serious exercise for at least 20 minutes.

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    Comment by DJC — March 17, 2008 @ 3:24 am | Reply

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