Aging gracefully demands ‘attitude adjustments’

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Each year following my retirement I’ve noticed what could be termed “slight adjustments in my attitude, actions, or lifestyle.” I guess we should all be thankful we’re still around to make adjustments.
  In my personal case I observed I’m opting more and more to using a building’s elevator then the stairway.
  I don’t rush out in an early morning to scoop the one inch of snowfall from the driveway. I now wait until mid-day to see if that snow will melt.
  I don’t buy neckties and over the years the tie prices are nearly equal to cost of a new shirt.
  I have become more aware that ice on the streets can be slippery.
  I now go to the health fair wondering if my personal health results will show more “higher or lower than norms” than the previous year’s results.
  I am a little more cautious for what “I volunteer to do” and wonder why at retirement I got into this busy schedule.
  I witness the young people address me as “sir.” Or they asked me, “Do you need help with that?”
  The hearing aid advertisements in the newspaper are beginning to draw my interest.
  When traveling by car, the Betterhalf and I coordinate our “rest stops” to when the car needs a fill of gas. Now we have concluded our next new car will have a smaller fuel tank.
  I have discovered it takes about 10 years to get used to how old you are. And another thing discovered is in my case a lifetime warranty is getting less and less important.
  Wrapping up this aging thing, I recall someone in a conversation with a youngster, asking how old the young boy is. He answered: “That’s hard to say. According to my latest school tests, I have a psychological age of 11 and a moral age of 10. Anatomically, I’m 7; mentally I’m 9. But, I suppose you refer to my chronological age. That’s 8 – but nobody pays any attention to that nowadays.”
 How lucky can a guy get! People don’t realize how hard a guy can work to get to a 100 years old and then still realize someone will say, “ Look how long it took him to achieve his goals.”
  Customer: “Have you anything for gray hair?” Druggist: Nothing, but the greatest respect.”

RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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