I'm not ready to put my feet up yet.

Carol By Carol, 25th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/v5ck0qoh/
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There are some really positive things about turning 60, and I do my best to embrace them.

I'm not ready to put my feet up yet.

I remember when I reached my 30th birthday, how sad I felt because I really didn’t want to leave my twenties. I can look back and laugh at my immaturity now. By the time I reached 40, I didn’t care, I was learning so much more about life, likewise when I reached 50 too. A few years ago, came the dreaded 60, but I am now learning to embrace each year, and be grateful that I still have my life, because not everyone is so lucky, and their life can be cut short in an instant. It really is true that age is only a number, and inside I am still that crazy impetuous 18 year old, even if my mirror tells a different story.

More about me.

I am fortunate that I have good health, and I try to keep it that way by exercising. I walk for at least an hour every day, and Leo my dog thoroughly approves. I swim and play badminton too. I am not a good swimmer, when my family were growing up, I used to feel embarrassed on family swimming trips, that I couldn’t dive in, and only swum breaststroke. Now I find that slowly swimming breastroke is great at de-stressing me, and as for diving in, I have the perfect excuse not to now, as I wear contact lenses.

I like going down the chute, though, closing my eyes when I hit the water, but maybe when I am 70 I may have to stop, for the sake of my dignity. It would be nice to see just one other person of about my age doing it too, but I never do.

I love to play Badminton

As for the badminton, I am the oldest player there by about 10 years, and probably the most stupid. I run about the court, and dive to the net to try and defend the shots, usually ending up hot and breathless, but I love it, and my fighting spirit is such that I try so hard, but rarely win. I always feel my partners have drawn the short straw when they play with me, we only win occasionally, but it is a non competitive group thank goodness, and the buzz it gives me afterwards is truly amazing.

When I reached 60, prescriptions became free, swimming only costs £1, bus journeys are free too at the moment, some of the pubs do special rates for seniors at lunchtime, hearing and sight tests are free, and coach fares are half price. Well it’s only fair , we have worked all our lives, and now have to rely on a pension, so I think we have earned it. I am 67 and proud of it, and each day I learn something new, and I will continue to try and keep all the apparatus that is me, in decent working order for as long as I can, because it won’t be that long before I embrace 70, God willing.

I suppose what I am trying to say here, is that I still enjoy my life very much, and long may it last. My mind is youthful, and I am not ready to sit down yet.
Take care everyone.
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60 Senior, Active, Chute, Discounts, Enjoy Life, Having Fun, Life, Pension, Playing Badminton, Sport, Swimming, Walking

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar Denise O
25th May 2011 (#)

What a lovely piece Carol. I too cried when I turned 30, only to laugh at myself for doing so, now that I am 47. Hon, you are a inspiration to so many of us women, I just love it. As always my friend, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
25th May 2011 (#)

So well said... I am sixty and embrace the age, not so bad really- my white hair and aches and pains aside:0) I enjoyed your article, thank you Carol

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author avatar Carol
25th May 2011 (#)

Thank you Delicia and Denise, I hope it gave you a laugh.

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author avatar Songbird B
26th May 2011 (#)

I loved this, and the way that you embrace your life, Carol... I will be 50 in September, and I know that age is nothing more than another label that is put on us. Each year for me, is just the turning in another page in the book of my life...and I wouldn't have it any other way.. Youth is great, but seldom walks alongside wisdom....A great share from a really special lady..

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author avatar LOVERME
26th May 2011 (#)

Your article gives me food for thought, and i shall write a poem dedicated to your way of life and thinking .You were born in the year of the monkey that's why you are so intelligent, unlike me. But Lady Carol at 67 you are one of the finest, in the pink of health I do assure myself your cheeks are still red.

You lead such an active life that's right,
age is just a number we all grow brains till 18 then all brains not only mine ,cease to grow physically, but intelligence multiplies geometrically, till we are nearing the bed of comfort, as the last sojourn nears its end,
but glad to say none know when .

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author avatar Carol
26th May 2011 (#)

Bless you I am not intelligent, but I have experienced life in many ways. I would love to read your poem when it's created. xx

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th May 2011 (#)

I loved this Carol. I'm 72 and I still go to the waterpark and slide the chute. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar richardpeeej
30th May 2011 (#)

Thanks for sharing this Carol, you are an inspiration to us all. So glad that you are in good health and enjoying life. Exercise is so important..I will have to try and do some one day....hahaha ...lol

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author avatar Retired
30th May 2011 (#)

I am almost 60, and still feel... well... 59! Great write, thanks!

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author avatar chrysolite
25th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you Carol for sharing this! I really must write an article about my experience with age! I looked VERY youthful up to the age of 35, so everybody kept saying: "You are too young to do this or that!" So I sighed and carried on. Then I was just over 40, somebody said: "Don't you think you are too old to go to a disco?" I hit the roof! It seems I NEVER had the right age to do ANYTHING!

What is it with people that they simply look at you and judge/misjudge by "age"? Strange. Now I'm 56 and ok, I admit it, probably due to smoking I look much older than 56 and I'm sure too old to go to the beach in a bikini, too old to start blogging, too old to do anything really. Get the drift? I have now hung a towel over my mirror and I'm done with age. My mind is the same, sharp as ever, ok, reading glasses ... I'm laughing as I write this :)

My dad died 3 days before he turned 100 years, so I'm determined to make the 100 as well, fit and healthy, sharp mind and lots of humour (my husband helps, he's English) I will get on in years and people will say: "You are too old for this ...!" Erm, watch this space! ;)

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author avatar Carol
25th Jun 2011 (#)

Chrysolite you look fine to me, and you have a great sense of humour, and that helps to keep us all young in our mind.

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author avatar chrysolite
25th Jun 2011 (#)

Erm, Carol, my avatar photo a "beautifying, no wrinkles visible" heavily retouched with Hornil Stylepix (free program), webcam photo of 2 years ago! ;)

Feeling better today?

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author avatar Carol
29th Jun 2011 (#)

Hi Chrysolite,
I am eating a bit now, but have had to have anti biotics from the doctor, so hopefully I will get better soon. Thanks for asking

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author avatar MidgetGem
19th Aug 2011 (#)

Hi Carol
You're an inspiration. I love badminton too but have no-one to play with. Well done for keeping so positive about life and physically active. I'm 50 now and reading your article gives me hope for the future.

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