Forever Young

I wish.

But inking the words on your arm, doesn’t make it so.

When the grey creeps in and reading glasses become a part of your face. When the drugstore clerk gives you the senior’s discount without asking. When parts of you sag and other parts ache, it’s hard to convince yourself that age is just a number…

Because it damn well isn’t.

Age is a natural, physical progression. Fight it if you will, deny it if you must, but there’s no getting around the clock—it’s ticking.

The question is, how do you deal with this unwelcome truth? How do you enjoy life now that you are closer to the end than the beginning?

I can do without the adult education classes on subjects like How to Get the Most out of Your iPhone Photography. What I need is a course on How to Get the Most out of What’s Left of Your Life? Now that, I’d register for.

In the meantime, I’ve found myself a guide, an instructor on aging well. Someone who leads by example, a personal testament to the little known truth that fun doesn’t end when wrinkles begin.

Meet Molly…

Eighty-nine years old and wearing a wet suit for the first time to get up close and personal with a dolphin.

You won’t find Molly in a rocking chair on a porch, but try the casino. Better than even odds, the second slot machine on the left? She’ll be there.

“Do you want to go to…?”

Molly’s answer is always yes, because she doesn’t sit at home when she can be out and about, preferably out an about in another country. She keeps her passport in her purse, knows her way around an airport, and can figure out the Euro to Canadian dollar exchange faster than Google.

Molly dances with her great-grandchildren, takes her latte with whipped cream, and plays cards. Any and every card game, as long as there’s a bet on the table.

She’s always busy, always doing, and always looking ahead—to the next trip, the next wedding, the next stranger she can turn into a friend.

Molly’s my guru, my touchstone for living, one day at a time 🙂

Aimer at Amazon

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6 thoughts on “Forever Young

  1. Hi, Aimer- “Leading by example” is the best way to teach/learn anything. I was very intrigued by what you wrote about Molly and wanted to know more. Just in case Molly was more than a personal friend of yours, I googled “89 year old Molly.” While I didn’t find your guru, I did find another Molly of the same age, who refuses to let age stand in the way of her passion (https://www.derrynow.com/news/89-year-old-molly-delighted-success-latest-fundraiser/173849). These are the kind of role models, including my active 88-year old mother, who we need to surround ourselves with in our lives! Thanks so much for sharing this.

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  2. To use a sports metaphor, I’m in the final quarter of my life. Or how about a domestic metaphor: I’m in the cool down phase of a clothes dryer. Seriously, I’m still active, still working hard at the gym despite various injuries and aches. I pay for it with fatigue and soreness, but that’s part of aging. We should all hang in there as long as possible.

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