Ouch my achy back, I’ve done it again!
It’s that time of year when my delightful small garden calls out for attention. Given a fine day I’m more than happy to respond but I do get carried away with my enthusiasm. I know I’m old enough to know better, and I know I’m informed enough to prepare my ageing body for such an event by stretching it out. Trouble is I only intended to prune a plant or two, cut back a hedge or two, or dig a patch or two. But I ended up doing it all, scaling ladders to hedge, digging deep to plant, and heaving rubbish to tip. End result…severe back ache which happens every spring. So when will I learn?
What to do?
That great US Statesman Claude Pepper once said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. You don’t fall off unless you plan to stop pedaling.”
Well, I don’t plan to stop pedaling any time soon and last week something rather exciting happened to me. As a mature woman I took possession of a new bike…possibly only the 4th bike I’ve ever owned! Cycling at my age is still an option, only riding my new bike is somewhat different from previous “wheels” because it is motorized!
Diana Moran – The Lady 21st April 2016 – Great posture never goes out of style.
“Jane reminds us that God is in his heaven, the monarch on his throne and the pelvis firmly beneath the ribcage. Apparently rock and roll liberated the pelvis and it hasn’t been the same since” says the delightful Emma Thompson on her heroine – Jane Austen.
The harsh reality of life for us females in the 21st century is the need to work hard and for longer if we want to enjoy the extended longevity of life. Maintaining good health is an important tool in order for us to succeed, so we need to learn how to help ourselves by tackling some of the issues which affect our wellbeing, such as physical and mental fitness, nutrition and relationships. Of course working hard is important, but so too is playing hard, and we need to get the balance right if we are to keep fit and be well. Play mates, whether they are male or female can play their part too in keeping us happy, healthy and wise.
Some years ago when I was writing a book about ways to avoid premature ageing I was amused to read a quote by Erwin Tschachler, a Professor of Dermatology who said “Ideally we should do a study of ageing in a Nunnery, with subjects who have stayed out of the sun and subjects who have lived their lives without vices”!
Fitness is an attitude of mind; I believe “Age is mind over Matter” and if you don’t mind it doesn’t matter! Ageing is inevitable, a depressing thought and nothing we can do about it, or is there? No, we can’t add years to life but we can add “life” to the years we have! Maintaining good health enables us to pursue ambitions, hopes and dreams with many older people continuing to lead interesting lives. Feeling well helps us enjoy the increase in longevity by giving us a sense of wellbeing, relaxation and confidence.
I wish Walt Disney had produced a film which reflected the real world.
Think of Snow White at ‘a certain age’ – with her dwarves Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, Bloated, Forgetful & Psycho. Isn’t that a more accurate story about the Menopause?
June is my birthday month so what do the astrologers have to say about Gemini women? “A Gemini woman is two, or more women rolled into one, possibly far too much woman altogether. Geminis are simply who they are, so the timid and weak need not apply! They are impossible to pigeon hole, a will-o-wisp, a changeling, a mix of intriguing personalities. Gemini women are one minute demure and doting, the next ruthlessly sarcastic, wild and unpredictable, but no less fascinating”. I’m not too sure I recognise that woman, but my family assure me …they do!
Mention summer and immediately bikinis, swim suits, short shorts and skimpy clothes come to mind. Whatever our age we all want to look our best in the sunshine and this means watching what we eat and being active to help us keep our bodies toned, trim and fit for summer.
Are you a Baby Boomer? Were you born immediately after the war? If so you are part of the rapidly swelling ranks of the UK’s over 50’s! Perhaps you’ve reached the ripe old age of 60? If you are in your 70’s you may include me in your number! It can be great fun to be in your 70’s because:
My heart goes out to Rod Liddle’s betrayed wife Rachel, and I can associate with her feeling that “the wife is always the last to know”. I too experienced the pain caused by my second husband’s affair. Unknowingly I too lived with a philanderer, and looking back should have spotted the clues – they were there. I believe some men are incapable of not wanting another woman, as well being seemingly happy with their partner. Philanders have one common traint – cowardice, an inability to discuss their personal emotions. It’s a weakness of character and a major difference between men and women.
Is there an age when older people should stop driving? At what age is one considered to be “an older person”? I suppose that at the ripe old age of 75 I am regarded by others as “old”, although personally speaking I consider age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind it doesn’t matter!