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Old 06-03-2014, 11:20 PM   #81
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Today I started digging over a small area to create a vegetable plot. I turned over about two thirds of the area and then decided to leave it and finish up tomorrow. I could say I stopped because I am older and have to pace myself. But I prefer to think that I stopped because I am wiser, and being retired have plenty of time to complete the task without straining my back and waking up tomorrow stiff as a board as I would have done if I had a job to go to and a family to look after.
I am 62 and don't consider myself or anyone in their 60s or 70s to be old. To me it isn't old age it is gold age.After a period of adjustment due to unexpectedly retiring and dealing with some stressful family matters I am now enjoying a golden time - nothing spectacular but a contentment with my life, an appreciation of what we have and a peaceful acceptance of what we haven't, a renewed sense of fun, a closer relationship with DH and all the time in the world to do as much or as little as I want from moment to moment. Truly a time to smell the roses.
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:03 AM   #82
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I am 62 and don't consider myself or anyone in their 60s or 70s to be old. To me it isn't old age it is gold age.After a period of adjustment due to unexpectedly retiring and dealing with some stressful family matters I am now enjoying a golden time - nothing spectacular but a contentment with my life, an appreciation of what we have and a peaceful acceptance of what we haven't, a renewed sense of fun, a closer relationship with DH and all the time in the world to do as much or as little as I want from moment to moment. Truly a time to smell the roses.
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Question for those of you already retired, especially if you retired from stressful jobs...

Did you feel a new breathe of life/youth when you stopped working? Did having freedom to sleep/exercise/putz around bring back vitality?

(I'm 52 - and hoping to retire soon... and hoping for that effect... I'm exhausted at the end of work days.)
Retired at 54.
Noticed I was losing weight without planning. Lost 80# over 3 years. Blood pressure went down to human.
Arthritis hurt less.

Some of the pains are coming back now as I age.
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63, don't feel old at all. However, age and its effects are never far from our conscience here. Had MIL in home for 8 years and watched her decline until we finally placed her in assisted living. So we got a constant example of what happens to older bodies (well, especially those affected by chronic conditions as she is). So we're pretty intent on fitness; we like to eat and while DW is thin, I'm borderline overweight in spite of biking, running and walking a lot. I'm ok with that though as long as I feel "fit."

I find myself comparing what my parents were like at our current age and we are much more active and healthy. Of course many years of smoking aged both of my parents (and eventually took their lives). So we feel fortunate to be ahead of the game.

I like to read a lot of non fiction books that seem to include tales of escaping death and it seems universal that to do so gives one an incredible appreciation of life and the desire to enjoy each day as a gift. Thankfully I haven't had such an experience, but I endeavor to live as fully as possible each day and to look at each one as a gift; never know when the jig is up.
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I don't feel old, but my next birthday will be 60! Oh my, how did that happen so quickly! I feel like I should be about 25. At any rate, the looming milestone birthday has me reading this thread with interest.
A friend of mine is celebrating her 60th birthday today. I will take her out to lunch tomorrow to continue the celebration, and in 18 months when my turn at 60 comes she will do the same for me. We both feel this is one of the best times of our lives, and neither of us feels old.
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