What I am about to say will probably sound terrible, but I always wanted to ask my grandmother this question: "At what point in your life did you realize you were old?"
Like I said, I realize what a rude question that is, but seriously, I'd really like to know the answer. Though I was curious about what her response would have been, I never asked my grandmother that question, because by the time she was really old, it was obvious she was old, and I didn't want to hurt her feelings. It just seemed to be disrespectful to ask her, so I never did.
But as I near the end of my sixth decade, I find myself asking myself, "When will you feel old? When will you look in the mirror and say, 'Wow, wasn't I just twenty'?"
Gray hair (which I am now coloring again) doesn't make people old, because people sometimes go gray in their teens. Arthritis doesn't make people old, because even young people suffer from arthritis.
So what is it? What is the trigger that alerts us to the fact that we have now crossed the threshold from middle age into OLD age?
My mother is in her 70s. One of my best friends is in her 70s. Neither of these women is what I would consider to be old. And yet sometimes I see people in their 50s and my first thought is, wow, they look really old!
I don't know the answer. I seriously still don't know when people pass the invisible line from middle age into old age, but I would really like to know the point at which a person realizes he or she is old.
Maybe old age creeps up on you, then forcefully knocks the wind out of you and demands you to accept the fact that you are aging. Or maybe one day you give up your dreams and your hopes, because you know the end is coming, and you figure, why not? – I've earned the right to be old.
But what happens if you never give up your dreams or your hopes? Do you remain forever young? I can honestly say that I would not like to live forever, but I also hope that I never feel old.
And that completes Day #15 from the A-Z Challenge. Brought to you by the letter, O.
Previous A-Z Challenge blogs:
Amazon Hates Me – Day #1 from the A-Z Challenge
Bored – Why? – Day #2 from the A-Z Challenge
Craziness – Day #3 from the A-Z Challenge
When Your Daughter Develops, DON'T DO THIS! – Day #4 from the A-Z Challenge
Ellen – Day #5 from the A-Z Challenge
Family and Friends – Day #6 from the A-Z Challenge
The Grownup Table – Day #7 from the A-Z Challenge
Happiness & Joy – Day #8 from the A-Z Challenge
Idiots in the Attic – Day #9 from the A-Z Challenge
Jokes Accidentally – Day #10 from the A-Z Challenge
The Kid That Wasn't Named Ker – Day #11 from the A-Z Challenge
Living Out of Suitcases – Day #12 from the A-Z Challenge
Misunderstandings – I KNOW You Didn't Say What I THINK You Said
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