Anything Positive About Growing Old

Discussion in 'Retirement & Leisure' started by Terry Page, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. Bill Boggs

    Bill Boggs Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    May 13, 2015
    Messages:
    1,704
    Likes Received:
    2,003
    Thank you Ina. Hope you've been feeling much better and have things going more your way. You're not being intrusive. We have both checked on each other.
     
    #101
  2. Michael Santi

    Michael Santi Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2017
    Messages:
    123
    Likes Received:
    133
    I've found only one thing .... Getting older has given me the true grasp of what 'personal faith' really means .... not just in God, I mean finally putting my foot down even to sometimes reject those who formerly would say things I'd simply think were obviously true and correct ... and that I should cast in mental concrete ... such as doctors opinions, tv ministers, beloved and famous newscasters, money managers, .... anyone trying to shape and force on me some type of damnable reality and hang it around my neck ... I learned that to understand what 'true personal faith' is you must come to a day when you are the only one in the proverbial room who believes something different than all the rest .... contrary to popular belief, majority doesn't rule, majority just overly influences and distorts the truth by their sheer numbers alone. Ask General Custer ...
     
    #102
  3. Ina I. Wonder

    Ina I. Wonder Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2015
    Messages:
    3,502
    Likes Received:
    5,659
    #103
  4. Michael Santi

    Michael Santi Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2017
    Messages:
    123
    Likes Received:
    133
    Thanks Ina, I needed a little pschycological support this evening ... : )
     
    #104
    Ina I. Wonder likes this.
  5. Chrissy Cross

    Chrissy Cross Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2015
    Messages:
    16,352
    Likes Received:
    15,008
    #105
  6. Ina I. Wonder

    Ina I. Wonder Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2015
    Messages:
    3,502
    Likes Received:
    5,659
    Today I had to make a very hard decision. Whether to shave my legs or not. My 26 y/o grandson asked me why I still shaved my legs. Good question I thought, although I'm one of the lucky ones who only has to about every 10 to 12 weeks. There just isn't much hair on my legs. I guess it's the Indian in me.

    But, I thought about it, after I shaved. :rolleyes: Maybe I'll pass on it next August. :p :D

    Do all of you ladies still shave? ;)
     
    #106
  7. Bill Boggs

    Bill Boggs Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    May 13, 2015
    Messages:
    1,704
    Likes Received:
    2,003
    First off I'm convinced growing old would seem to be better than the alternative. For whatever reason, probably to avoid that alternative, I keep trying to find things to do that would keep me interested in retirement and growing old gracefully. I learned to play the harmonica, which seems to have helped my emphysema by assisting in expanding my lungs gently and in strengthening my diaphragm, helping to expel the bad air in my lungs and make room for a wee bit more oxygen. Today I bought a wooden flute. I'm going to learn to play it. This will help my old age experience, make me glad to be alive, and allow me to say positive thing about growing old. Another small challenge. Life is good and I guess that's a positive.
     
    #107
  8. Lara Moss

    Lara Moss Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    2,669
    Likes Received:
    5,166
    An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets, the more interested he is in her - Agatha Christie

    I don't do alcohol anymore - I get the same effect just standing up fast - Anonymous

    The idea is to die young as late as possible - Ashley Montagu

    A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams - John Barrymore
     
    #108
  9. Ina I. Wonder

    Ina I. Wonder Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2015
    Messages:
    3,502
    Likes Received:
    5,659
    All good points @Lara Moss. :) I just wish I could remember even a few of the words of wisdom I've read. The really sad point is, I couldn't remember them when I was younger either. :confused:
     
    #109
  10. Babs Hunt

    Babs Hunt Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2016
    Messages:
    6,607
    Likes Received:
    8,331
    @Ina I. Wonder I don't have to shave under my arms anymore because for some reason the hair there doesn't grow anymore. In winter time since I wear jeans or long pants all the time I don't shave my legs as often either. My Honey says it doesn't matter to him since he doesn't shave his legs :p...but in warmer weather if I am wearing capris, etc. I will shave my legs if the public will be getting a glance at them. And I also shave my legs for cozy up time with my Honey! :)
     
    #110
    Ina I. Wonder likes this.
  11. Bill Boggs

    Bill Boggs Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    May 13, 2015
    Messages:
    1,704
    Likes Received:
    2,003
    Always liked hairy legs, maybe a gene from some long lost ancestor.
     
    #111
    Ina I. Wonder likes this.
  12. Gloria Mitchell

    Gloria Mitchell Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2017
    Messages:
    1,553
    Likes Received:
    2,189
    I have never been very hairy. Always had a head full of hair..which is thining now. I have not shaved my legs in years and years. Those very few hairs were super soft and almost unnoticeable. The arms...um twice s year maybe.
     
    #112
    Ina I. Wonder likes this.
  13. Gloria Mitchell

    Gloria Mitchell Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2017
    Messages:
    1,553
    Likes Received:
    2,189
    My BF, thinks I should go back to work. Um, nooo,
    I don't want to...why she asks.... Because I do not want someone else telling me what to do..been there done that:p
     
    #113
  14. Chrissy Cross

    Chrissy Cross Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2015
    Messages:
    16,352
    Likes Received:
    15,008
    I'm the same except I don't even have to shave under my arms anymore...I never was really hairy in my younger days either
     
    #114
  15. Frank Sanoica

    Frank Sanoica Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2016
    Messages:
    4,431
    Likes Received:
    4,001
    This is all quite interesting. In my case, during the past year or so, hair has begun growing pretty thickly where it was sparse all my life, wrists, and belly. Maybe I'll ask my Dr. about it.
    Frank
     
    #115
  16. Bill Boggs

    Bill Boggs Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    May 13, 2015
    Messages:
    1,704
    Likes Received:
    2,003
    I guess I don't understand what you're saying or getting at @Michael Santi. I'm a little thick I suppose.
     
    #116
  17. Neville Telen

    Neville Telen Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2018
    Messages:
    158
    Likes Received:
    131
    As a pessimist I see growing old as mostly negative, but I guess there are a few good points. My cooking skill seems to be dramatically improving all the time. Up until I hit forty I was a mediocre cook, then something 'clicked'. My martial arts also seems to be rapidly progressing, particularly my iron palm training. Ten years ago I could not break a brick in half; as of a couple years ago my palm slap turns a brick into rubble. I guess the best thing is increased foresight. Too bad I quit playing chess, or I would be two or three moves ahead all the time. Other than these few positives, growing old bites!
     
    #117
    Frank Sanoica and Terry Page like this.
  18. Terry Page

    Terry Page Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2015
    Messages:
    4,553
    Likes Received:
    9,082
    I guess it's a kind of balance which tips at different ages for each of us, the negatives which are usually health related, eventually weigh more than the positives, such as increased self awareness, hopefully more wisdom and perhaps improved cooking skills, which you are experiencing @Neville Telen , I guess personality and attitudes also affect it plus your financial situation...........personally at 76 I still have good health and no aches and pains, apart from poorer eyesight and hearing, for me ageing is proving positive, I can travel a lot and retirement is proving a blessing.....................of course all this could change tomorrow, but I try and live for today as much as possible.......... my cooking skills have improved but are still sadly mediocre ;)
     
    #118
  19. Patsy Faye

    Patsy Faye Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2015
    Messages:
    8,686
    Likes Received:
    9,633
    @Terry Page - you have a great outlook Terry, I admire that, have to say that having good health certainly helps :)
     
    #119
  20. Neville Telen

    Neville Telen Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2018
    Messages:
    158
    Likes Received:
    131
    Yep, its the old optimism versus pessimism...glass half empty, or glass half full. Everything has its positive and negative aspect. A few aspirin will quell a headache, too many will melt your stomach lining.
     
    #120
    Terry Page likes this.
  21. Bobby Cole

    Bobby Cole Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2015
    Messages:
    1,823
    Likes Received:
    3,454
    Other than what I wrote in my initial post, the most positive thing about growing older is that it is positively and without a doubt, going to happen.

    That said, since time is only a reference point I do humbly submit that we are not really getting older but just wearing out from excess usage. If my memory serves me as well as I believe, throughout most of my life all of that excess usage was generally pretty well spent and if the Good Lord is willing, I do plan to have even more excess usage for the future.
     
    #121
  22. Frank Sanoica

    Frank Sanoica Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2016
    Messages:
    4,431
    Likes Received:
    4,001
    @Bobby Cole
    Unless one dies first............
    Frank
     
    #122
    Bobby Cole likes this.
  23. Bobby Cole

    Bobby Cole Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2015
    Messages:
    1,823
    Likes Received:
    3,454
    Ah, but one does not necessarily have to be alive to get older.......
    Did ya ever see the short Twilight Zone episode about the guy who died but refused to lay down? Quite remarkable........until his nose fell off.
     
    #123
    Frank Sanoica and Von Jones like this.
  24. Von Jones

    Von Jones Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2015
    Messages:
    3,308
    Likes Received:
    1,925
    Funny.
     
    #124
  25. Patsy Faye

    Patsy Faye Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2015
    Messages:
    8,686
    Likes Received:
    9,633
    Oooer :eek:
     
    #125

Share This Page