Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Concessions to ( BUT outweighed by advantages of) Aging
(The Cliffs of St. Bride's, Newfoundland. September 2008)
· Decaff cappuccino at night.
· Going to bed when tired and not fighting it with caffeine.
· Eating my greens even when I don’t particularly like them
· No more stiletto heels
· No more nighties, no more slinky flowing negligees, no more baby dolls.
T-shirts and pyjama bottoms with pockets rule!
· Getting up when I damn well feel like it with no apologies.
· Reading a book in one day.
· Spending a whole day knitting
· No more panty hose (tights).
· Comfy bras.
· Saying no to invitations for events I don’t want to go to.
· Embracing my so-called eccentricity.
· Wearing coats,hats and gloves. No, I usen’t to. I hate excess clothing. But now I just get cold.
· Wearing special little snow gliders on my boots as falls now hurt too much.
· Writing well into the dawn hours if I damn well feel like it.
· Taking on jobs that appeal and rejecting the ones that don't.
· Not wearing makeup.
· Going to matinees.
· Seniors' Discounts (and I keep forgetting!!)
· One of the rarely discussed advantages of aging is feeling like that irresponsible child again, with the bills taken care of, less worries, a newly discovered sense of adventure and a feeling of possibility. Once one is blessed with health and a bit of cash. And I do not take either of these enablers ever for granted.
· Being surprised and thrilled (still) at my pension and OAS dropping into my bank account like magic every month. Like pocket money from a benevolent mama. And recently there was a one-time government bonus payment of nearly $1,000 to every pensioner in Newfoundland. Mein Gott! What a country!