On Saturday, we attended the “Surprise” 65th birthday party of a friend. We were giddy with excitement as we waited for the guest of honor to arrive.
Nancy Baker, Sissy Murphy, Corky Eden, Diane Brogan
The theme of the party was the 80’s and we talked about our experiences. One lady graduated high school in the 80’s and has vivid memories of that time frame. She probably had the most authentic information about the 80s while the rest of us had to use Google.
Steve and I remember the 80’s as when the boys were young. Steve and I had two major career changes that required relocating our residences, one to another state.
Turning memories back 35 years was a bit too much for most of us. A lot happens in a decade. Pop stars like Madonna carry over more than one decade. Most importantly, we had a good time.
Not remembering is sometimes a good thing. Steve and I live in the NOW. We don’t think of ourselves as a specific age. We just are. More than once, when someone has asked me my age, or the age of our children, I have to stop and think and do a mental calculation before answering.
I think all of us have a natural fear of growing old and losing the ability to take care of ourselves. But I don’t have to think about that now. I have learned the more I think about my aches and pains, the more prominent they become.
Another thing I learned along the way is to recognize pain. Sometimes I have a “Point of Pain.” It can be unbelievably hurtful. I usually stop whatever I am doing and vocally say “point of pain (name location)” and it will go away. I know it sounds crazy, but it works.
Some mornings when I wake up and feel pain in both hips, I stretch out in bed, thank God for the sunshine, then slowly maneuver myself out of bed. When the pain is severe, I hold onto the bathroom sink and slowly do squats. It is just amazing how helpful a little exercise can be in getting my body moving. The pain has nothing to do with my age, it is because I slept wrong last night. Now that I am up and about, let’s get going. Let me add a word of caution here, if the pain doesn’t go away, check it out and perhaps seek medical attention.
Until now, Steve and I have never exercised regularly. Last July, we started playing Pokémon Go, an electronic game on our phone. It has captivated our heart and mind. We are out and about every day chasing Pokémon. Not only do we walk all over everywhere, we have met many wonderful people playing Pokémon Go.
Do you let the number of your years on earth rule your life? Do you worry about getting old? How old are you?
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