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Age is just a number

January 17, 2012 - Linda Lobeck
My sisters and I are now officially all into our 50s with my baby sister joining us on Monday. My sisters are 52 and 50, and I’m in the middle at 51. It seems kind of weird to even say that out loud since we all thought that was so old when our parents entered their 50s. And I’m sure our kids think the same of us being old.

But, as I told my younger sister, it’s only a number, right? We still look and feel pretty young and have a lot of things to look forward to like retirement for instance. And with the way the weather’s been lately, I’d like to be one of those people heading south to warmer climates for a couple of months each year.

I just got a card in the mail from my aunt and uncle who headed down to Florida after Christmas. They said that the weather was beautiful and they were playing golf. With that kind of feedback, it sure makes me think that getting older is not necessarily a bad thing after all!

I didn’t mind getting an AARP card when I turned 50, because you can get some pretty good rates when you book motels. But I draw the line when someone offers to give me the senior citizen discount at a restaurant. I start to question myself — do I really look that old? Maybe it’s time to dye that grey hair again.

Seriously though, 50 or 51 for that matter is just a number. I personally know several 80-plus year-olds that are busy and living their lives at a much faster pace than I am. They might no longer be working in a career, but they are socially active and have made volunteering their second career. Seeing that kind of effort makes me not worry too much about the next big milestone in age. Bring it on!


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