The age-old questions

“Age is just a number,” says the well-worn adage. But is it a number you care about, or one you tend (or try) to ignore?

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Some people are really sensitive about their age and try to hide the truth from others – leave them guessing! For me, from an early age I looked older than my contemporaries. I think it is fair to say that trait has stayed with me so I just accept it. In fact, I often tell people how old I am just in case they think I am older!

My 29th birthday is the only one I really stressed over. Leaving my twenties behind seemed really significant at the time. I had three young children by that time. Sometimes I reflect on my life in decades, as follows:

0-10   All that childhood stuff

10-20   Probably the worst decade of my life – being a teenager is tough!

20-30   I enjoyed trying to be the model “Earth Mother”, baking my own bread etc and enjoying my young children

30-40   Wow! What happened? My life turned up-side-down with a broken marriage and being single again with young children

40-50   Life started to really improve at this point. I had a good job, mortgage and started getting my act together (at last!)

50-60   Well, I am not quite there yet. I have my sixtieth birthday later this year but this decade has been really good so far. I don’t know how I feel about turning sixty. I am aware that quite a few people I went to school with haven’t made it this far and I feel really grateful that I have.

60-70   Well, I feel fairly positive about the future. I have strong feelings about people in my age group continuing to play an active part in our world (however that translates for each of us). You might want to check out my other blog at It has some great links relevant to this age group.

I am looking for ideas on how to celebrate my sixtieth, so send them through please. Big parties have no appeal, nor does jumping out of a plane – something a little less dramatic would be good 🙂



10 thoughts on “The age-old questions

  1. I feel much as you do about aging ~ it’s just a number that helps place memories on a timeline from Birth to Death.

    I’ve a few years to go before my 60th. To think of how you want to celebrate, make a “bucket list” of things you want to do that you haven’t yet done . . . or things you’ve done and want to do again.

    Figure out which are feasible:

    Travel in a time machine ~ NOT feasible
    Fly to the moon ~ NOT feasible
    Try parasailing ~ could be feasible
    Take a helicopter ride ~ could be feasible
    Wrestle a crocodile ~ might be feasible, but it’s INSANE!

    Pick your top 3 choices to research and see where the research leads.

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  3. Being the pensive contemplative person that I am, I thought a lot about turning that milestone (60) earlier this year and wrote about values and who I had received those values from who were living inside me (father, mother, grandmother, aunt, uncle etc). I planned to have a gathering and speak about those things.
    My children had other ideas. Firstly I was dragged away for a few days at a beach for some fun times; then 2 weeks later to a ‘big-city’ weekend of a razza-matazz restaurant meal and later karaoke with much fun and laughter. Note: emphasis from the children was on ‘fun’.

    As for that ‘list’ of things to do, as other people always seem to suggest, I am working through those.
    That is something that I now appreciate about being as old as I am. I now have precious time (or soon will have) and that is something so precious about getting older, having time again.

    (PS. I gave the little speech I had prepared at my birthday anyway, because that is the way I am.)

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