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Old Age is Relative



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I’m relatively young for an old person. Okay, I’m not that old, but I feel old when I check one of those boxes for my age category, and I’m getting closer to the last category. I think there was even a time, a few months back, when I was in the last category. That was just wrong.

Not that there’s anything wrong with getting older, right? Cause I hear getting older ain’t for sissies. It takes perseverance and patience and courage. Well, maybe not patience, because aging seems to happen faster as we go along. But the passing of time is relative to how busy we are. And old age is relative to how old we are.

When I was a teenager, there was a show on TV, on one of the three channels back then, called “The 21st Century.”  It was all about the new things coming, like recording TV shows, maybe. I don’t remember the details, but it seemed dramatic in a scientific sort of way.  I do remember thinking: I’ll be in my 40s when the 21st century comes. That’s old! Now that I’m well beyond my 40’s, and almost out of my 50’s, being 40 something wasn’t old at all.

The best thing about getting older is that we get wiser. Wiser, but more forgetful. Spontaneously forgetful. Like, why did I come into this room? But wise enough to laugh at forgetting. And wise enough to know that all I have to do is go back to the room I was in before, and I will remember, eventually.  And wise enough to know I will remember what’s important. Relatively important.

I still don’t have my big fancy control panel, and I don’t remember where I put the remote. But it’s okay. I have my laptop…and maybe I’ll read a book, if I can remember where I put my reading glasses.

This week’s Stream of Consciousness Post was: “relative/relativity.” If you’d like to join in the fun, visit:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for SoCS February 21/15

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

6 thoughts on “Old Age is Relative

  1. As I mentioned in one of my recent posts, “age” is simply a case of “mind over matter”. If you don’t mind getting “older”, it doesn’t matter!!!! 😀


  2. Those all-important reading glasses! Ha! I remember thinking, “I’ll be 36 years old at the turn of the century! That’s so old!” Pfft.
    Great post, JoAnne. 🙂

  3. Thanks, Linda. Glad you like it! I have lots of pairs of reading glasses of varying strengths. But to be honest, I’ve just gone to Rx progressive lenses, so the readers are for back up.

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