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Ageing — Part 3

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:49:00
Article by:
Midgett
Some youngsters think that at 40, 50 or 60 life stops; these myths are still prevalent especially through media.
    
Even though it is a dumb expression in my opinion that “50 is the new 40” — can I say freely that Anglos came up with this expression about aging?  Let’s keep it real — 50 is not the next 40. Your “but” is old if you act that way. I will admit blacks say “blacks don’t crack.” I guess we all have our delusions. Ageing and death seems to be the most horrific way to be or not to be.
   
I guess transition is a softer word then died. Which seems less permanent — rather like saying you moved your dead.
   
Ageing is a given. Embrace it while you can live to enjoy the pleasures you now embrace. Here are some of the pluses of ageing, without health issues or money:
   
More reading time.
   
Taking naps is wonderful. They can rejuvenate you. I called them my weekend siestas.  
   
Although some of my weekends are just as busy as my week, but they are all my choosing, nothing definitive. Weekends are called my “maybe” things. Maybe church, shopping, laundry, brunch with friends, movie — which is a given for me 99% of the time on Sundays if it is something that grabs me; I’m a Denzel Washington and 007 kind of gal.
  
 My list is longer but you get the drift. Walks and meeting new friends — there is always something new to learn.
   
Freedom from a rigid schedule: ALTHOUGH I HAVE SINCE RETIRED IN 2007 AND SUBSTITUTE MOST DAYS. I KNOW I HAVE THE CHOICE TO NOT TAKE THE ASSIGNMENT.
   
PATIENCE IS ANOTHER, WHICH IS TO HAVE MORE CALM IN YOUR LIFE.
   
Many men and women look forward to retirement. Yet, what does that mean? Boredom, or living life to the fullest. Some are fortunate to get out of their madness at age 55, 65, or continue until they drop.  If you have made that miserable job your career, so be it.  Maybe that miserable job paid for your pleasures. So I want you to take a second look at your age, ask yourself what you want to do with the rest of your life. The movie called “The Intern” is a good example of “living and “sharing.”
  
I asked myself that same question the other day because I will be 80 years old in eight months, because at age 60 I had a party where I danced like there was no tomorrow, and 70 years old was around the corner when I started this column. Even as the positive and go-getter person I am, I will admit I did feel anxious for a moment which even for the best of us can be scary. I guess you’re wondering what my thoughts were. I concluded if time is on my side, I will continue to substitute in the SFUSD, not as often. Share my knowledge from my experience in life through the column, my students and the book in progress, "I’m 80 and Still Having Fun", which is progress.  
   
Put more efforts in selling my two books. Do book signing events promoting “New York Flavor with a San Francisco Beat” and “Brown on Brown: Black Lesbian Erotica.”Then look at my Facebook twice weekly and do more segments to my YouTube videos. These tasks give me joy and writing pleasure.  My books and writings, I believe, are inspirational and give some men, women and young adults 21 and older pleasure and motivate them.
   
Conclusion in Installment 4: "Older Relationships."
 
Have a great New Year!

 
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