Thursday, June 30, 2011

You're Only As Old As You Think You Are

I'm constantly amazed I could possibly be as old as my driver's license says I am. I don't feel like it. Okay, maybe I do get aches and pains, but inside I still feel like the same person I've been all my life.

Am I really almost 63? It's hard to believe. I refuse to be one of those women who considers herself an old lady. Yes, sometimes I dress more for comfort than fashion, but you won't catch me in old lady clothes. In my mind I'm still forever young.

I have too much spunk to let life pass me by.

What about you? Are you a spunky senior?

28 comments:

  1. I'm with you. I've heard you're only as old as you feel, and I don't feel 66. I can't even imagine how I got to be that old. Okay, I've slowed down a bit and there's a few things I can't do any more, unfortunately someone needs to tell my brain. I think I can do everything, but the body doesn't always cooperate.

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  2. Raising hand! I'm still in disbelief that I became an official card-carrying medicare recipient...unless until it goes belly up. I think it's a great idea to have a blog for those of us who have been late bloomers and achievers. As much as I never expected to be this old, I never expected to sign 26 publishing contracts either. Life is grand...i want it to go on forever...or at least as long as I can contribute. :)

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  3. Hi Morgan,
    We're the same age. I turned 62 in April. I certainly don't feel it. If I don't look in the mirror, I still feel 30-something. Nice idea for a blog.
    Karen

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  4. I'm going on 61. I was okay with that until my best friend, who is a year and a few months older than I am, applied for Social Security! We were both like, We're too damn young to be this old! It's like we're little kids running around in Old People suits.

    If you ever decide to do that then-and-now thing, I just uncovered a cache of my mom's studio pictures of me as a child. :)

    Marian Allen
    Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

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  5. I think I am a senior although my friends swear I don't look it and I don't feel it. So I am as old as I look it and feel. I am so busy I don't have time to stop and ponder senior things. Too busy writing novels, too busy exercising, too busy traveling, too busy visiting and baby sitting grandchildren, too busy reading. I am officially retired from my day job but I am far from being retired from my eighteen-hours-a-day job writing, promoting, researching.

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  6. Hi Morgan,

    I feel like I'm 100 some days! LOL I do have my AARP card--I'll be 54 this month. This is a great idea for a blog!
    Cheryl

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  7. I got my AARP card over a decade ago, and keep it handy in case I can use it for bargains!

    Morgan Mandel

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  8. I'm in the AARP crowd, a card carrying member even. Like Mona, I don't have time to think of senior thoughts. I have more going on now than I did fifteen years ago, but the difference is that everything I do (well, except for housework and yardwork) is something I really want to do. Writing books, helping others, working part time at the newspaper, giving writing workshops, public speaking, visiting grandchildren who are scattered from here to Kingdom come.

    My hair has gotten shorter and shorter through the years, but now its spiky because I feel so electrified all the time. I feel like I've just woke up good, if you know what I mean.

    Maggie Toussaint
    www.maggietoussaint.com

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  9. Me, too. And after a week with a two-year-old, I've resolved to get a personal trainer to get ready for the next time because my spunk was beginning to fail me around the third day. :)

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  10. What a terrific idea for a blog, Morgan. There are so many of us who have a hard time remembering just how long it has been since we got our AARP card. LOL

    I would never have guessed your age, though. You look much younger.

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  11. I'm pushing 68 now and have had my AARP card since age 50. At the time, it seemed nervy of them to send me a card when I was so young. But the worst thing was to go into a fast-food joint and automatically get the senior discount. That was back in my younger, more sensitive days.

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  12. Thanks, Maryann, for saying I don't look as old as I am. I remember people always telling my Mom how young she looked, so it must be in the genes. Also, I don't have smoking wrinkles, just regular ones. (g)

    I love getting the senior discount, but it varies from place to place how old you need to be, and sometimes what day you can get it.

    We can make that the subject of another blog sometime - Naming places we know that have a senior discount and if it matters what day it is.

    Morgan Mandel

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  13. What a great idea, Morgan! You are so creative, always coming up with new ways to engage people. I dont really think of myself as spunkly, I mostly think of myself as STILL HERE.

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  14. Great idea for the blog, at 56 I too have been working on article ideas for those over 50. The media so tries to push the 20-30 somethings on everyone and we really are not appreciated for our contributions in the work place, economy, etc. I love writing and doing more of the things that I love and not just the things that I am expected to do. I will be following. As far as pictures, how about senior pictures doing young things every once in a while. The kids pictures are adorable but don't really show what it is we want to tell about how wonderful it is to reach our age. Just a thought.

    Terri

    http://terri-forehand.blogspot.com
    http://thecancerprayerbook.blogspot.com

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  15. I'm still trying to decide what pics should go on the header, or if these will do.

    Morgan Mandel

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  16. I'm an AARP member at 58. I love your site.

    I think using picts of those in the AARP playing field will work better than using picts of kids - using kids immediately sends the wrong message about your site.

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  17. Oh, forgot to add: If your so inclined, would love a follow back:

    Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing

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  18. Me too, Morgan! I am NOT that old, I refuse to be! LOL. I wouldn't admit I was mid-aged until I reached 50, and now I'm certainly not admitting I'm a "senior citizen."

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  19. I'm fast approaching 68 but can still cut the mustard...sometimes! Last weekend included a 50th class reunion, wedding where I danced and caused a bruised big toe, retirement brunch and came home to grandkids (4 and 7) that are here through July 6th. How's that for swingin'...CONFESSION: I'll be taking a long nap when the grandkids leave on the 6th. Oh, did I mention I write romantic comedy in my spare time. To see my latest release Visit: http://barbaraweitz.com

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  20. I am 65 and still do not feel all grown up.:)

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  21. Vivienne,
    I don't think I ever will!

    Morgan Mandel

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  22. For those who came on here early when I had the kids pics up instead, I decided to feature seniors. Instead of generic ones, I'm using actual bloggers here. The headers will rotate according to who posts about something spunky. Only need 3-4 paragraphs because I know how our senior minds tend to wander. (g) If you want to send a pic and/or blog, contact me at morgan@morganmandel.com - See right column for more details.

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  23. I am 69 and am a writer. Believe me, there is life in me yet.

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  24. I think I must be nearly everyone's granny here! I'll be 79 this year (my hubby soon 84 and, at this moment) he's busy concreting!) I have a blogs to keep up (wordpress and blogspot). I've had three careers. I started writing novels nearly ten years ago — five novels and other works. I'm trying to get back to painting but the days are so full! I don't count myself unusual, just do different things to most people. And I'm very blessed to be able to do what I do. My latest novel (a rewrite of an earlier one) is Smouldering Embers (Humour/Romance). A little spice keeps your hormones alive and kicking!

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  25. Now Gladys, I was thinking I was the oldest one here until I got to the last comment (yours). You beat me by 10 years! You know, I had a little problem turning 40, but I was looking forward to 50 as I thought surely my kids would throw me a "half century" surprise party. Nope - No party. Nothing happened except my disappointment. Sixty came and went uneventfully. I used to even look forward to getting old 'cause I somehow felt that old people turn skinny with age and boy did I need to lose some weight! But, the years have kept adding up and so have the pounds, so surely there's no truth to that assumption. Like so many have said, my mind would like to think that I'm still 30, but the body disagrees. I love my afternoon naps and my eyes start getting droopy by 9 pm. But... I've decided that next year will be "heavenly seventy" and just the beginning of many wonderful hears to come!

    Visit: ruthnott.com

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  26. Ruth, That was obviously a false rumor about getting skinny. I weigh logs more than when I was young! I get drowsy also around 9 when I'm watching TV, sometimes fall asleep. My bedtime is around 11:30 and I get up around 5:30 or therabouts, so I guess it figures I'd get drowsy.

    Morgan Mandel

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  27. I do know how to spell thereabouts, but my fingers don't always.

    Morgan

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  28. I just got my medicare card in the mail, but can't use it until I turn 65 in October. Right now, I'm waiting for the rain to go away so I can waterski on Sat. My son wants to get me up on a wake board.

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