You are only as old as you feel is a statement that I would bet most, if not all of us have heard at one time or another in our lives. We may not have understood how it pertained to us at the time but eventually we all have put it into context.
As we all know I have recently turned 50. I know right! Well I started to really give this phrase some thought. Now that I am fifty how old do I feel?
I need to have 8 hours of sleep at least 5 of the 7 nights a week. So do I feel like a teenager? We know how they can sleep all day if you let them. Naps are a fun treat on a Sunday afternoon when your chores are all done and there is a classic movie on television that you love to watch, and sleep through. So do I feel 80?
I have never thought that I was a vane person, going to the store in sweatpants and t shirt with my hair pulled on top of my head and yesterdays makeup still smeared on my face was something many have seen me do. I have always wanted to look good when I tried but high fashion was not something I went for. It had to have holes or be frayed beyond repair, or pilled up so bad it looked like I had pom poms on before I got rid of anything. I used to color my hair, then I got lazy, and cheap and wouldn’t spend the money. Again I like to look nice but I didn’t need the latest fashion highlights or color hue to do this.
I look in the mirror now that I am 50 and I think, I could find a few grey hairs if I looked hard enough. Should I start coloring my hair again? I do not have any frown line or crows feet, or other sort of wrinkle type facial things going on. Should I check into Botox? I do not weight what I did when I got married, my curves are a little more wavy than they used to be and muscles are not as tight and flexible either. Should I do a cleanse and start the latest diet fad?
I have always been in good health, I have had my share of ailments over the years but nothing major or long lasting and I have been pretty lucky with that. Recently I went in for my annual physical, get it over with the beginning of the year. And nothing out of the ordinary arose during this visit. However now that I am 50 a whole new set of tests get to be run for baselines as I age. Wow did that make me feel old.
Wrinkles, grey hair, fab, tiredness, and baseline tests all made me sit and think about how old I felt. Then I realized that I feel 50 and I think I am okay with that. I am not prematurely grey, I have about the amount of age spots and wrinkles you would expect, I could use to workout more and drop a few pounds, but who wouldn’t. All of my tests came back normal and with in good ranges. No serious illness that can be seen in my near future. I am tired because I work hard and I have raised my family so I deserve the sleep I crave each night.
You are as old as you feel…..I feel 50 and I look every year of it. So bring it on and hit me with your best shot, because I am loving this feeling of “old” age. I will check into a few anti wrinkle creams, visit the local gym, and since spring is almost here I will start eating a little more healthy. I will keep you posted on my progress, or lack of, until then, carry on.