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Monday, June 08, 2009

When I Am Old...


“Don’t be angry with children, you’ve come along the same way. Don’t laugh at old people; you’d go to the same way.”
~Japanese Proverb

Another beautiful Monday! It's 7AM here...the sun is up and I still have to put on my sunscreen! ;) They say one of the key to aging gracefully is sunscreen!


Fun Monday this week is hosted by the ever graceful Sayre!

Her assignment for us is --

Using your imagination, project into the future and tell me what you will be like as an 80-year old. Will you be someone who doesn't accept the aging process, spending all your time in the gym and the bars, or will you be a rocking chair granny, or something in between?

This is a topic I always love to talk about to friends...yet now that I'm given the chance to talk about it here my mind seem to go blank the moment my fingers touch the keyboard!

Anyway...here is my third attempt to make a meaningful post...and not talk about sunscreen! LOL

If there is one thing I look forward to, it is my old age! There I said it. I look forward to the days when I am 80 and beyond!

But just how do I see myself many years from now? Well for sure I won't be that old lady wearing purple with a red hat! LOL

I want to age gracefully. You read that? I want to age gracefully. So just what I mean by that? And how do I achieve that? There is such a thing as The Art of Aging Gracefully right?

You see I came from a family who seem to live through old-age. My grandmother (mother side) is still alive..and she is turning 90 this December! And guess what, she can still walk without any help of stick or anyone! She can still walk clearly in the dark...prepare her meals and carry a conversation with me about my past vacations at the farm! More than anything, she still look the same as I can remember...except that white hair. A proof to that is, she has always been a size 4! My grandmother is never fond of cosmetics! She has not gone to the gym ever nor dig yoga class but she has been in the farm most of her life. Hmmm.

Anyway that is how I want to be when I get old. I want to be healthy...in all aspects of it. I don't see anything wrong with exercise yet with how unmotivated I am with going to the gym I don't think I'll hit that place. But I'm sure I'd be spending most of my time in the garden. I think I will still do my morning stretching and yoga. And I will spend my morning sipping coffee with the IT Guy and we will watch sunrise together from our porch! Every weekend we go visit our children and grandchildren we tell them tales about us and their parents and we go home with photos and memories with them and blog about them for Fun Monday! Ha!

Memories...even of those yet to come is always a nice way to start one's week. Please visit Sayre for more!


Wishing you all a Fun Monday,


16 comments:

Mama Zen said...

That's a vision of aging that I can get with. I want to age well, but I don't want to fight with it.

Thom said...

I think if you worry about aging it wont go good...Ya have to do what you need to do now whatever makes you happy and all else will fall into place :)

margaret (the misanthrope) said...

Wonderful post, Mariposa! Thank you for sharing. It sounds like you have good genes in your family! (And sunscreen is VERY important.) :-) Here's hoping all your hopes and dreams come true!

Hootin' Anni said...

You my dear WILL age gracefully, I'm sure of it!!!

But, as for me....

My fun monday is posted....but, take note, there is an 'x' rated cartoon involved. But all in fun. In fact my whole 80'ish monday today, IS fun!!!

Sayre said...

That was lovely! I'm with you - I'm looking forward to it! I have the live-long genes in my family too. My maternal grandmother died very young for my family - at age 84. She never went to the doctor (was a Christian Scientist), so whatever ailments she had were managed on her own without medical intervention. And she made it to 84 that way! Like you, both of my grandmothers have been/are inspirations for my attitudes about aging gracefully!

jill said...

I think you've just about nailed it. health and family. isn't that all anyone should want?

Krysten Hartenstein said...

Oh I like that vision!

the princess said...

i love the proverb at the top. it's a wonderful thought you know?

yes. you will definately age gracefully gorgeous woman. you will. i think it's amazing about your grandmother and goes back to the natural way she's lived. while she doesn't go to the gym and all that stuff, she's worked hard on a farm and probably has eaten very natural home grown produce and whatnot. all the preservatives we eat all the time really messes that up. i think you have a great perspective on growing old Mariposa.

Aunt Jackie said...

Very good post. There is an art to doing this, Aging Gracefully, but it's one few have been able to master. I hope you are able to.

I applaud you for looking forward to old age. I live in fear and dread of what is to come in that regard, and I am always crying for my youth, I guess you could say.

I could take a page from your book. ;)

Have a great week!

Aunt Jackie

Rayne said...

I grew up on a small family farm and speaking from experience, if you are doing farm work, you really don't need the gym. Trust me on this.

Beckie said...

Good genes always help to age gracefully! It sounds like you have a good plan.

hulagirlatheart said...

There are several folks in my family and my husband's family who lived their lives on farms and lived to a healthy, ripe old age. Hmmm indeed.

ChrisB said...

Growing old gracefully is the right philosophy, and it helps to have a longevity gene in the family. On my mother's paternal side they have mostly lived well over 80 some into their 90's and one of mum's uncles died at 103, not that long ago. So I'm hoping I'll still be around at 80.

Faye said...

That's the key to aging gracefully, isn't it? Keep on doing and learning and be glad you got great genes! Re the learning, I read your Tech Tuesday post and found it so interesting. There's so much I need to know about technology so will be stopping by for your Tuesday seminars.

BTW, thanks for stopping by my place recently when I was in blogger limbo. I had been reading your posts, but couldn't get my comments to go through. Today for some reason all is well!

Sandy said...

I love this. Thanks for such a gentle vision.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

My grandmother, who lived to 97 and was in great health through 94 or so used to always say to me, "If you've got your health, you've got everything." Very wise.