age aging? I can’t seem to get into it. I find I have nothing to say about turning 72 this week, though I have tried.
May Sarton wrote a whole book on the topic. Well, on the year she turned 70. Same thing. But, when you get right down to it, even that wasn’t really ABOUT aging. It was a journal on what she was doing at that time of life. And it wasn’t so different, I imagine, from what she was doing at 60, or 50.
I feel similarly.
Seventy-two was the age of a man I knew as a child. Everyone said he was old, so 72 became the age of an old person, to me. What did I know then?
Now that I am 72, I’m finding I think of this man — I don’t recall his name — and realize I don’t feel old, at all. I feel about 47. Still.
I’d forgotten I’d written about this two years ago — my 70th birthday. The post Old Age: What’s It Really Mean got nearly 50 comments. I’ve discovered nothing new over the past two years.
So, I have no special knowledge to impart on aging; I don’t even have a question I’m pursuing (or musing on). Purmusing? That should be a word.
Actually, when I forget about being polite, my birthday feels intrusive. I have so much I’m in the middle of doing, I don’t want to stop and blow out candles. Here’s a list, just off the top of my head.
- Reformatting my LEAPFROG book after changing one of the chapters. This should have/could have been a rather simple task, but I forgot the book was NOT a 6″x9″ one. So, make that re-reformatting.
- Preparing for our second addition to our family, who will be joining my soccer player.
- Preparing for a new white shepherd as Sasha ages too.
- Keeping up with our two very busy AirBnB rentals — the yurt and the tent site; both have been full to capacity this summer as both offer total isolation.
- Maintaining my two afternoons a week private practice; this helps keep me grounded in a very real way.
- Taking time to simply enjoy life; or is that to enjoy life simply?
- Staying in touch with my social media friends and connections.
- Staying connected to family and friends.
- Taking time to read The Secrets of Mary Bowser (Lois Leveen, author) because my granddaughter Kendall was reading it one day when we were texting. A month later, I’m not yet through chapter 3. And it’s a well done book I want to read.
- Staying involved in the organization I help found this winter — NEKASAN (.org) helps us deal with the refugee crisis at our southern border. Did you see my Facebook birthday fundraiser? Facebook helped me raise an extra $500 towards our work. Thanks to any of you who’ve participated. And, there’s still time for those of you who missed it.
- Writing this weekly blog. Thank you for reading.
- Staying informed about my country and the wider world and refusing to let it get me down. Here’s a recent photo that caught my attention
How about you? How are you staying busy these days?