4 thoughts on “What It Feels Like to Grow Old

  • February 11, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Shannon dear, you are not yet old enough to weigh in on this subject.

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    • February 11, 2020 at 9:39 pm

      I have to admit I don’t agree. I think pondering the nature of growing old is natural and normal (if suppressed in our youth-obsessed culture). But I also underdthow my esteemed elders (if you are in that category) may beg to differ. πŸ™

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  • February 12, 2020 at 4:59 am

    Hi Shannon,
    I personally think that the fact that you are thinking and feeling these things is EXACTLY why you ARE old enough to be weighing in lol!
    It IS strange isn’t it? I remember being young and thinking that 18 was this magical age where adulthood is bestowed upon you and you get to have all this freedom and all these adult experiences. Come to find out, you do have more freedom but also much more responsibility that increases with age!
    It’s true, I am in my 50’s, — and yet, I don’t FEEL that it could be possible I have lived over half a century. I don’t RECOGNIZE being 50+ and yet here I am…
    There are many times I feel a much younger age–and likewise, days I have aches and pains (due to fibromyalgia) and my body feels 25 years older. My mind often goes back to those years when time seemed endless and life in some ways much less complicated.

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    • February 12, 2020 at 1:38 pm

      Oh thank you! After that last comment I felt a little strange about this post….like, is nearly half a century “old enough?” But then again, I am also increasingly connected with my parents as they age and offering them help and support on a weekly basis and that REALLY brings up questions and thoughts about aging, especially when we talk about it together. I do envy you recollection of any time when life seemed less complicated. I guess I just didn’t get that chapter in my life. πŸ˜‰

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