By Fran McNabb
It happens to all of us. One day we’re young and carefree with small children and new houses and lots of energy. Then we open our eyes one morning and realize those days are long past. We are no longer young. Our children are grown. Our houses are older and empty. When we find ourselves in this situation, what should we do?
Growing old doesn’t have to be depressing. Being old is a matter of perception and the attitude each of us has toward it. I know fifty year olds who act old and I know seventy and eighty year olds who are still young at heart and don’t let the age thing keep them down. I hope I’m considered in that last category. I think how a person looks at life makes all the difference in the world.
If you’re reaching the senior citizen age, how are you approaching it? Many businesses start giving senior citizen discounts to people as young as fifty. Really? It’s nice of businesses to give a discount, but at fifty? At fifty most of us are still quite active and resent when they are put into that classification. I passed the fifty year mark years ago. I seem to be more active now than then since I was fighting RA at the time. Now with the miraculous new drugs on the market, I’m much more active and enjoy life to the fullest.
Hubby and I are realists and do understand we can’t continue forever doing some of the things we love to do, such as boating and doing the beach scene. We are both seventy-one. That’s hard for me to imagine since I don’t feel that way. In a few weeks we’re driving eleven hours to our son’s house where we’ll get on a boat with some forty year olds and go to Bimini in the Bahamas. We’re excited to be invited because it’s one of our favorite places in the world. We will try our best to keep up with the “younger crowd” on this trip and enjoy what will probably be our last trip out to that island. After returning from The Bahamas we are planning to drive into the Keys (our next favorite spot in the world) to enjoy a few days there. We're not letting age stop us from enjoying this trip.
As authors I think the “age-thing” influences the type of characters we write about. I know I stay away from twenty-something characters because I don’t think like them anymore. Other than that I’m not sure I let age stand in my way.
No matter how old you are, when it’s time to be considered old, I hope you have done all that you’ve wanted to do. We might be a little slower and we might choose not to do some things in life, but, hey, don’t let age get in your way. Want to do it? Try it.
FRAN MCNABB tries to live life to the fullest along her beloved Gulf Coast. She enjoys boating, fishing, reading, and of course writing. Many of her nine published novels are set along the coastline. One is set in Key West. Check them out at www.FranMcNabb.com or write her at firstname.lastname@example.org