This past Sunday, the Open Thread wondered ‘Why didn’t anyone tell me?” about some aspects of getting older that took us by surprise….and we asked our readers to share their experiences.
And how. Bette Davis was right about how difficult it is to grow older, but didn’t mention anything specific. But Senior Planet readers sure did.
“The biggest surprise about getting older: I didn’t realize how RICH it is. And it gets better, really.”
Several people agreed with me that there’s a ‘hit or miss” quality to memory, and quite a few said they spend more time and effort on fitness. “I spend more time to keep my body in shape than I ever did before” said one commenter. “And it feels great.”
“I love the skin I’m in now.”
A few people noted that as an older person, they were invisible…but seemed mostly okay with it. It was great to read how many others welcomed being at the stage when they didn’t care what other people thought; others rejoiced in not doing things to please other people all the time.
Finally for a really uplifting approach to getting older, take a look at the long comment by Linda T. and her adventures and experiences (learned to surf at 57, and longs for her hair to turn completely silver grey as a ‘power statement”).
We will keep this thread open to learn more about what surprised you about growing older – and how you handle it. What do you wish someone had warned you about? And what’s your workaround or solution? Let us know in the comments!
Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.