Happy Thoughts of Old Age

I wrote a blog about the problems of aging because I believe we can share and learn and face them together, but then I thought that is not the whole picture. I am as happy as I have ever been so it isn’t all bad.

I had an incredible year last year and I upsized instead of downsized which might have been really stupid but I am not going to unwind until I have to. I also made a commitment to another relationship. I don’t have to go to work and I feel good most days. I have less energy but I am happy to sit still as long as I don’t get bored. If I do get bored, I am able to find an endless number of interesting things to do. I know I am lucky and that I just need to live and be grateful.

Happy thoughts. We have to stay focused on those. It takes an effort to progress at any age, but we can do it if we really try. There are amazing people who make a positive difference in the world even though they are in the worst of health or they are beset by all sorts of problems. We need to focus on making a positive difference regardless if it is small, in our life and the lives of others.

Many things are treasured more and bring more joy when they are not taken for granted. I Just started a list of old age joys and I hope that there is a much longer list.

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  1. 2doghouse

    There’s a older fellow who visits the dementia floor at the long-term care facility I visit with my woofer. His hands are crippled with arthritis and yet he goes there regularly to entertain the residents. I’m not exactly sure what he does as I’m not authorized to visit that floor, but it probably involves dancing. Such a pleasant, happy, cheerful man. I think we have a choice of being up-beat (yeah!) or grumpy (boo)

    1. len1932

      To my Chat friends that have mind problems of Think they do. I wrote this positive note.

      If your mind is not like it use to be,

      I hope you still can think of me,

      I will quickly come to help you,

      And together we can think of things to do

      1. len1932

        As a young man of 84,
        I have become quite a bore,
        And seldom go out the door

        This month I will be 85
        Then I will again come alive
        Even if i no longer drive.

    2. len1932

      As a young man of 84,
      I have become quite a bore,
      And seldom go out the door

      This month I will be 85
      Then I will again come alive
      Even if i no longer drive.

  2. roseinbloom Post author

    2doghouse, Youa re also there helping others and you and the other man are making a choice. I do believe a lot of it is about the choice we make to focus on the positive and the possible. I have to work to stay positive and I think most others do also.

    1. LoneRogue

      I sometime feel I should volunteer more too, Rose. I was the only care giver for a long decline of my wife with dementia. I live 10 miles from town and I just don;t want to be relied on anymore. But that does not clear the mild guilt that I sometime feel because I have time and don;t offer anyone help.

  3. roseinbloom Post author

    Jutta, I am ashamed to say that I don’t volunteer on a regular basis. I admire those that do. It seems that I always seems that my schedule is always changing. That is one excuse.