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Discovering 60 and all the benefits of aging
OK, I accept it. I am getting older.
It’s not the aching joints, the hair loss, the eyes going somewhere, or the hearing issue I apparently suffer from that bothers me.
What bothers me most is when others decide I am getting older — like my bank, which, without being asked, now generously returns to me a seniors rebate of $4 a month.
Having recently turned 60, but still thinking I am not, daily life is helping me realize that I have now passed middle age.
It’s a very gradual process — like someone holding a door for me, or someone letting the old guy into the grocery lineup because the milk looked heavy.
Thankfully, since I do not use crosswalks a lot, my fear of an offer of help to cross safely still remains a faint fear.
The mirror is easily denied. I am an expert at it. But once in a while I wear my glasses while gazing into its glass.
It is amazing the depth and brevity with which life carves ones face and how far ones forehead goes back before meeting the hairline.
It’s like everything is racing backwards without turning back the clock.
It brings back memories from when I used to wear my long hair wild and loose in the wind.
Now I risk having it blow away.
Getting older is really great for getting my daily dose of cardiac-building regular exercise.
I live at the top of one flight of stairs and I now run these steps several times a day.
This is not a planned fitness program. It’s just that I have to return to my apartment to fetch forgotten items, or to turn off hot appliances.
I used to walk the stairs but, since my home returns are increasing, I have built enough muscle to run up the stairs instead of walking.
The benefits of aging are actually really cool.
I have now learned the value of a list and have also discovered sticky notes, making me able to regularly rewrite my lists and post them in places where I won’t forget them.
The weird thing is that many end up stuck on my shoe heel providing me with an important stretching opportunity when retrieving them.
Unfortunately most heel recoveries are old lists but, once in a while, I discover an unfinished list providing me with a whole new day’s entertainment.
Another benefit of aging is what I describe as relaxed hearing.
Relaxed hearing is when background noise drowns out voices that are not at my earside.
It’s not all that bad since some stuff I don’t want to hear anyway and other the stuff that does filter though is often distorted enough for me to completely misunderstand what was said often leading to hilarity.
Aging has also helped me become accustomed with dollar stores.
Since the eyes started fading, I have become an avid ‘readers’ user. For the young set, ‘readers’ are magnifying glasses disguised as eyeglasses and are best bought at dollar stores.
Shopping for new readers usually means you have no readers left to use when shopping making reader shopping twice as much fun.
Paul Fletcher is former Duncan city councillor who writes monthly in the News Leader Pictorial.