So yesterday I turned 55 years old and am now qualified for senior discounts virtually everywhere I go. The idea of being a “senior” is sort of unreal to me. I just know I am not that old, either physically or in spirit.
Most people guess me younger than my age. This has happened my whole life. It could just be that they are being nice, but I think it has more to do with how I approach life. They say you are only as young as you feel and I honestly don’t think of myself in my 50’s or even my 40’s. Mentally I still see myself in my twenties or possibly early 30’s. Yes, the bones creak a little bit more, I have more pounds than I did twenty years ago, and younger people call me, “Sir”, but I have an incredible amount of energy.
Every birthday once I got past 41 has been a gift–it’s what I call my bonus time. That’s the age my father was when he died of a massive heart attack and when I hit it I spent pretty much the whole year in terror. But I am now 14 years past that despite surviving a major heart attack myself not quite four years ago. Now I consider myself on double bonus time. My mother has lived more than twice as long as my father did. She is now 87 years old and has survived many falls and illnesses and is determined to keep on going for quite some time yet. A great-great grandmother on my father’s side lived to be over 100 years old.
The thing is we can’t predict when we’re going to die, but we can determine how we’re going to live. I think part of the reason I stay young is that I stay involved in life and I have so many plans for the future. I have countless things yet to accomplish in my life. Every day is an adventure. I look for new experiences. I stay involved in life. I stay connected with nature and I stay connected with young people, both of which rejuvenate me on a constant basis.
I am a “senior” in chronological age only. In my soul I am a child filled with wonder. I live my life with curiosity and with a hunger to experience it fully. I will not discount any part of living my life. 55? 56? 60? It doesn’t matter. Bring it on. I will travel life’s highway at any age and I will experience the journey as fully as I can.