Every day something reminds me of my age. Aches, forgetfulness, people saying things to make sure I remember how old I am, and just looking in the mirror.
But you know what? It is all a state of mind. For years I have worked to remind myself that in my mind I am 24 years old. That was not a bad year. And every day lately I remind myself of all the years I missed when I had raging untreated hypothyroid. Now those are years I would like to not have lived through. They were tough for sure.
Retirement, well, it has its positives and negatives. Often I think I will go out and apply for a job because I like the structure of working. Working in a small store would be great fun. That is something I totally can do. But then I like to travel with the boy friend, I love going to Europe. I could not do that if I worked full time so can that idea. I am pretty sure I am ADD which explains my lack of organization and the chaos that surrounds me at times. But turns out I can do a great job organizing a trip for the two of us using my cheapness to find good buys and fun places to stay. So work is a non-starter.
I love living in two different countries and if I could figure it out I would add Ireland to that list and divide up the year between Canada, US and Ireland. The School House is wonderful because there is not a lot of excess stuff here which I find reduces stress and work. If I could be here long enough I would sign up for exercise classes but lately it seems I get almost no exercise up here. Swimming in the river does not appeal to me. And the heat this summer has reduced me to doing a lot of reading, puzzles and not moving too much.
Even if we had been home or in Ireland this summer it would have been unbearably hot. I wish I would not think that it is global climate change but I fear it is and that this is our future. Warmer and Warmer summers. Yuck!!!!!
Anyway, back to aging. I figure at this point we are on a time line and we need to accomplish as much as possible before we hit 80. Go and see the countries we have longed to see. Visit the people we have promised visits to over the years all over the world. Find a way to bring all of our extra kids together again for a big celebration of life. Those exchange students enhanced our lives so much. They helped our kids make connections for life with some wonderful people. And I got an extra daughter out of it. It would be fun to have them all together at one time. And then there are the 19 wonderful students who went to Ireland with us. I love seeing what they are doing with their lives. I wish women had had the opportunities that the young women of today have.
Am I rambling, sure why not. Age brings with it opportunities. So if you are thinking you are getting old, change your thinking. I am still perfecting myself, living my dreams, enjoying life, and trying to give back as much as I can for the opportunities I have been given.