I have a birthday coming up next Friday and for the life of me I really don't feel any older than I did twenty years or so ago. I've given it a lot of thought these days about what makes us age of feel our age and for the simple reason I've found there are so many people who discriminate against anyone over the age of 50.
What do I mean? Well, the younger people who are now running a lot of our businesses feel older people don't have what it takes to be competitive in our market place today. But what they don't realize we have a lot of experience to bring to the table!
What makes us feel old? Well, that I haven't figured out! Is it the gray showing up in our hair? Is it the skin on our face and neck which now shows a wrinkles? Or is it we can't jump rope like we did when we were ten years old. How about people telling you, "why you're over the hill!" Does that make us old? How about your children telling you, "hey mom, you get were right the older I get!" Young people think they know it all until they get into trouble.
I wish I had of known several things back thirty years ago that I now know, how invaluable that information would have been then. Do I feel like I'm over the hill? Hell no! I still feel like, most days like I'm still in my thirties! I still work over sixteen hours a day, enjoy the GYM, the beach, my home and garden, why I even enjoy my daughters and grandchildren, even my great grandchildren. Although I don't get to spend time with them, I still feel they are close to me and playing jacks or basketball would be my cup of tea to enjoy with any of them!
So do I feel old? I can honestly say my abilities are just as keen now as they were thirty years ago. My knowledge is much more advanced and I've put away childish things, look at things a little more sensible before tackling, and have resigned to the fact one day those kids (twenty and thirty year olds) will see my way of thinking in another thirty years. There out look on life will have changed dramatically!
So Happy Birthday to me! I'm not getting older, just getting better!