- Shuffle when I walk, with my feet never leaving the ground
- Have an impossible time rising out of a low chair without gripping onto a stationary structure
- Wear clothes with food stains
- Have a hunched back
- Eat dinner at 4:30
- Have three hairs on my head and no desire to do anything about it.
- Have a crotchety disposition
- Wear makeup that looks like a two-year old applied it
- Have a tummy that makes me look like I’m the oldest living pregnant woman in the history of the world
- Stand at a supermarket, drug store, or any other checkout counter and keep the whole line waiting while I figure out where my money is
- Lose complete interest in what’s happening in the world
- Dread walking up and down steps
- Smell old
- Feel old
- Think old
I see far too many people in their 80s who have one or more of these characteristics or behaviors and I’m stymied what’s happened to them. Did they stop caring because their minds are dull? Do they move so slowly because they didn’t do a thing to keep their muscles strong and their cores centered as they aged? Do they lack mental energy because they stopped challenging themselves decades ago?
Will a woman who is energetic her whole life be more likely to stay energetic than a low-energy woman? Will a woman who cared how she looked when she was 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 care as much how she looks when she’s 80?
I sometimes reflect back to the way I looked and acted when I was 40, and although I had more hair in my head, more spring in my step and more cellulite, I still believe I am a vibrant 65 year old. I don’t look nearly as gorgeous as I did back then (just kidding), but I don’t look or behave like a geezer, either.
If I ever do, someone please tell me!