This week, on the 20th to be exact, I will be turning 70. Now many consider this old, but forget that. I’m going to borrow from the saying where 50 is the new 30…making 70 the new 50. Sounds about right.
(That’s me on the swing being pushed by one of my grandsons.)
Looking at other people in my age group it seems that 70 is a defining age. To some it means they have become old and they lose their passion for living. They go on to just exist, which is so sad and what a waste. To others, including myself, it means now is the time to do all those things you didn’t have time for before. It’s a matter of attitude and choice.
Turning 70 – The Good:
- It is a time of life with few responsibilities.
- It is a time where you are able to selfishly look after your own interests, without feeling guilty.
- It is time for a more ‘take it or leave it’ attitude, worrying less about what others think.
- It is a time when past hurts and slights seem very petty and should be forgotten.
- It is a time for learning and, strange as it may sound, a time for growth.
- It is a time to treasure each day
Turning 70 – The Bad:
It’s not all good, some things are bad, most of them physical. Our social outings nowadays are trips to the doctor’s office with a quick stop at Tim’s for a coffee. We can’t do things as fast as we used to, which can be frustrating until you learn to accept it and be thankful that you’re still able to do it at all. Many of us, once we get down, have a hard time getting back up. That can lead to some pretty awkward situations. Night driving is a thing of the past so no more evenings out. But when you stop and think about it, these are all such minor things they really don’t matter in the larger scheme of things.
Turning 70 – The Ugly:
Getting older and vanity don’t go together. Everything that was cute is no more. My best features once were my eyes and my lips. Now I have my dad’s eyebrows, meaning the two brows want to become one and grow like a bush. My eyelashes, once long and lush, are now short and faded. As for my lips, I’d tell you about them if I could find them. They have totally disappeared. (Note to my sisters – lip liner will NOT do the job anymore). Then there is that hair-raising moment of waking up to discover you have more whiskers than your husband. Oh Yeah!! The best compliment nowadays? “My, you look nice”. AAARGH!
Turning 70 – Let’s Raise a Toast:
I have lived my three score years and ten. That means every day after Tuesday will be a freebie. I love getting things for nothing, including freebie days – rather exciting. With a lot of projects on the go and so much still to learn, I intend to make the most of those freebie days for at least another twenty years – if this can be stretched to thirty, so much the better. So on Tuesday I’ll be raising a toast to turning 70 and the start of the next chapter of my life – the good, the bad AND the ugly.
Talk to you again next week,
70 Candles on cupcake – Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Woman with walker – Image courtesy of Praisaeng at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Champagne flutes – Image courtesy of m_bartosch at FreeDigitalPhotos.net