Tina Turner asked this same question about “love.” So, what does “age” have to do with it?
Yes, we are getting older.
Our eyesight isn’t what it used to be.
Our hands hurt.
We are not as strong as we once were.
We are not as agile as we once were.
Yada, Yada, Yada!
Is age really as relevant as younger people think?
Ok…when you define “old age,” it is really only from the perspective of the individual person doing the defining. Well, that makes me feel better! I have never thought about “age” as anything other than just a number. That’s why I am shocked when some people talk to me as if I’m a weak and feeble old woman! When did that happen? When did I cross that line?
I have admired and been inspired, to say the least, by people of all ages living here in our Bristol Village community. To say that anyone over the age of 65 should trade their pickleball racquets in for a rocking chair on the front porch should take a closer look at the schedules and activities we participate in daily. Personally, I have found that I have less time for myself here than I did working 2 jobs prior to my “retirement.” My schedule is packed with meetings, rehearsals, working, more rehearsals, pickleball, gym classes…of course, I also have household chores.
My point…age has nothing to do with our journey into retirement. Like I’ve said, it’s only a number. Let me highlight a few examples of our unique, active lifestyle:
- Bristol Village had a group enter the Senior Olympics last year to qualify for the National Olympics scheduled for 2017. Categories included Biking, 5000 and 1500 meter Speed Walking, Pickleball, Bowling, Golf, Swimming, and Table Tennis.
- Daily gym classes from Zumba and Pilates, to Strength training, Yoga, and Tai Chi. We also have an indoor walking track as well as an indoor pool.
- We have over 50 Resident-run activities from weaving, stained glass, multiple art classes, and a fully equipped wood shop, to over 7 musical and orchestral groups and stage productions.
But even more impressive, I think, are the mental abilities, life experiences, enthusiasm for life and living in the present, people have. My most favorite reason for my love of Bristol Village is the diversity and experiences of the people who call living here, “home.” One of my goals for this blog is to share some of these incredible life stories with you, as well as hear and share your life stories. We certainly learn from all experiences.
If age does have something to do with it, I believe it is the wisdom, excitement, and true happiness it brings us each and every day.
There are a number of great quotes about age, but the one I like best is by Bernard Baruch:
“To me, old age is always about 15 years older than I am.”
And I can’t pass this up…Mark Twain had a good one with:
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
So, what does age have to do with your life story? Please join the dialogue and let me know.
As always, I am…The Ageless Boomer Explorer.