Retired from the daily grind but not from life!


Retirement means many things to many people at different stages of their lives.

The idea of a senior citizen in their 60’s and 70’s rocking in their chair, dozing off in front of the TV, passing time monotonously whilst waiting to die is not so common these days i think.

For me there is just not enough hours in the day to do the things i want. I thought i would have lots of time to go on the PC join forums and meet people, watch a few more DVDs/films, take up painting, visit family and friends but it seems that’s not so. I actually cook and bake more for family and friends, go out for meals more, walk more and all at my leisure. I can take time to notice the birds singing , watch a family of ducks on the water. I can pause in my gardening for a cuppa, sit down not worrying that i have to get this job done on this particular day 🙂 I can plan trips and holidays according to price and not to when can i get time off. Booking last minute deals can save you lots of money therefore more holidays lol

My home is not so immaculate and i don’t care, i will clean when it needs to be cleaned not just as a daily habit. If something else more interesting comes along then i will go with the flow. Gone are the days i plump the cushion’s or clean the kitchen every time i use it.

The following poem is one that i would like to share and make you ponder.

Leisure

What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance, And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this is if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.

William Henry Davies
There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.
Preparation for old age should begin not later than one’s teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement. — Arthur E. Morgan
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Forever Young Culture


Today we live in a culture where women are obsessed with their looks and for the majority of women, and of course some men, their looks are their first priority above health. They do everything in their power to stop the ageing process.They strive for what today’s society/media call perfection but who decides what or who is perfect?

Women spend billions of £’s on beauty products that they are told will defy the ageing process. They spend a fortune on cosmetic surgery on parts that they think are imperfect. The point is they don’t want to accept the inevitable. They dsire ‘youth’.

American culture is first in the line and now proclaim that looking good equals looking young (Bayer, 2004). Both men and women reported that cosmetic procedures were used to enhance work and professional outlooks and to increase physical attractiveness to improve romantic, friend, and social opportunities (Bayer, 2004). How superficial!!

In the UK a new survey of our spending habits has discovered that fear of ageing is no longer confined to the 35-49 year olds. Even twenty olds are worrying about ageing. What a burden we are laying on them  😦  .A survey  from the group Datamonitor,  discovered that British people spend far more than their European counterparts on trying to hold back the years.

We are living in a size zero society that is destroying a lot of our young people’s self worth and self esteem for the sake of magazines and other media where the camera exaggerates size and the TV makes a size 12 look like size16.

Get a grip people and open your eyes to how you are being manipulated for purely financial reasons of the capitalist.

I don’t like getting old but not from the angle of physical beauty. I fear it from the angle of physical function. I want my older years to be of good quality and full of activity. One never actually categorizes them-self as “old, or elderly”. I don’t, I am ageless so i don’t want to judged on my wrinkles or sagging flesh. I still have a lot to offer so don’t demean me or my counterparts.

Now i am not saying you shouldn’t look after your skin, control your weight or take good care of your appearance and get some exercise but i would like to say “chill out, allow and accept you WILL grow old” and enjoy it. Take time to be more patient and less judgmental about older people. Value their wisdom and memories, which you can only learn by.

Once the elderly were valued,cared for and respected they are now abused both verbally and physically whether it is in the home, nursing home or on the streets.

I feel sad for humanity when i see the world today

Is my age an inconvenience?


You would like me to be invisible but I’m not you would like me to be quiet and go away to somewhere where you don’t have to be until I die

You find me inconvenient

When I say something you only half listen with an expression of patience for nothing I have to say can be of value to you or else you show exaggerated care because in your mind I am incapable of even the simplest task

You think my brain has oozed out through my wrinkles or I never had one you think because I can no longer wear high-heeled shoes I was never a woman you think I spent my eighty years in some limbo which did not involve passion longing betrayal grief joy embarrassment laughter mockery tears love hate spite fear rage

You have convinced yourself that I was dull and of no interest and that now I will be contented with next to nothing after all I will have nothing soon enough

And you imagine that I care what you think

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One in four internet users are now over 50


One in four internet users are now over 50

 

via One in four internet users are now over 50 | Mail Online.

 

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