Saturday, 7 April 2012
G is for Growing Old Gracefully
I think back to my mum and aunts and their friends when they were my age, they did seem much older both in style and attitude. I could not imagine them sitting typing on a computer or using a mobile phone but maybe that's because they never had the chance to try them out.
These days we seem to have a different outlook from that of my parents generation and stay younger in our ways for longer. Maybe it was just the times in which they grew up in.
They went through the pains and tribulations of the second world war some even had to be evacuated to another part of the country far away from their families.Flora's Story
Going through something like that must have had an effect on them, maybe it made them old before their time.
There are of course lucky people who into their nineties and beyond are still living a fruitful life refusing to give in to "getting old" which is wonderful, everyone would love to be like them given the choice.
I don't want to grow old gracefully or otherewise. In fact I don't want to become any older, I'm fine as I am, thank you very much.
1. I don't want my sight or my hearing to deteriorate any more than it has
2. I don't want my hair to go white or my teeth to fall out.
3. I don't want to forget who I am or who any of my family are.
4.I don't want to be dependant on my family for my day to day existence.
5.I don't want to be in a nursing home unable to do the smallest thing for myself.
I don't need to be able to run a marathon or climb the Matterhorn but I would like....
1.To have good enough eyesight to read a book
2.To have good enough hearing to hear my granddaughter's laugh.
3.For my brain to still work well enough for me to write stories.
4.To have the sense to dye the white hair and have dentures if and when I need them.
5.To be independent and not be a burden.
6.To stay in my own home for as long as I live.