Getting old: I’ve just turned 80! 142



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I can’t believe it, I’ve hit 80! I feel very much like the block of wood in one of those fairground machines, where you hit a pin with a very large hammer and the block shoots up to hopefully, ring the bell at the top. I guess I just hit the bell!

Perhaps I’m one of the lucky ones, but I honestly don’t feel like 80 inside my head (though my body tends to disagree), I’m still about 40 up there behind my eyes, still reasonably creative when it comes to painting or writing, still interested in looking at attractive girls (Jacqui allows that because she says it proves I’m still alive!), and still interested in doing the occasional silly thing in my car, but only on completely empty stretches of country road these days!

I’m an avid wine drinker now, which I suppose is a bit of a clue to advancing years, because I was very much a beer man until I was about 70. But I haven’t touched a drop of the amber liquid for about four years. These days I find I fill up before I can feel the benefit when I drink beer, whereas a few glasses of wine have the same effect, but I still have room for a meal. Wine has more flavour too – you need more flavour as you get older, I pile pepper onto anything savoury – I suppose this is a clue that the taste buds are wearing out, or have worn out!

I’ve been fortunate that my hair is still with me, albeit a nice shade of pure white now, whereas it was virtually black, just few years ago, or so it seems, (the time passes so quickly)! The strange thing is, although both my hair and my beard have become lost in a snow-drift, my eyebrows still sit like two black caterpillars, just above my eyes! My facial skin too, has been kind to me, remaining pretty smooth and of good colour, though it has been unable to do anything to correct the dreadful bone structure underneath. We’ve always eaten well, thanks to Jacqui’s skill; nothing too exotic or daft or chemical, just good healthy food with plenty of vegetables and nice lean meat. I think the last time we ate anything in a McDonalds was at least three years ago and even then I went for the chicken salad rather than a hamburger. I also gave up smoking in 1979 – I doubt if I’d be alive today had I not, let alone be as fit as I feel I am.

As I say, I feel much younger inside my head than my eighty years, but I have to admit, when I get out of the car after an hour of driving, I have to walk like the hunchback of Notre Dame for the first 20 paces or so and Jacqui’s not a lot better, so we look like a regular Derby and Joan until we can manage to straighten up! It’s the same when I get out of bed in the morning. Now you’d think, wouldn’t you that after a good night’s sleep, you’d feel refreshed and relaxed, ready to face whatever the day has to offer, but to be honest I feel better when I go to bed than I do when I wake up in the morning! Rest is no cure for old bones!

At least I am grateful that I am still here and able to enjoy life with Jacqui, our personal friends here in Yarram and our Starts at 60 friends on the internet. Whether they compliment me or swear at me, they are indisputably a part of what I am, exciting to know and to interact with. What more could an old bugger like me ask for?


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Brian Lee

  1. I wonder if you ever change inside. I feel young but sometimes as I pass a mirror and glance into it I think “Who’s that old duck ” …….then I realise with horror…ITS ME

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    • Yes, so do I Bev. I’m 64, & feel like I’m stil 20 sometimes, except for some arthritis, & the other health problems I have.

    • I am 76 feel the same inside, but have a few minor issues, having to use leverage getting up from crouching down after some time, apart from that, o.k. maybe get rid of the mirrors?

    • Maybe a good thing. I’m 74 and have the usual aging problems. When you bend down it’s wise to see if there’s anything else to do whilst you’re there. It’s such a BIG effort to get back up it doesn’t happen often here.

    • I think same Bev Pow
      I’m 75 and I don’t have a car so I walk to bus stop
      And trains and I notice it takes me longer to walk up hill and maybe I don’t feel old because I haven’t got
      Grey hair yet my Mum didn’t go grey till late 70s

  2. Age is just a numberdont look in the morror i look at my picture when i was 21 and say to my self your still a good looking chick?

  3. I have so many similarities with Brian that it is bizarre. My partner and I are both 75, (born on the same day back in 1940) and still active within the limitations imposed by degenerating bodies. My beard is also white but my hair is still the same blond that it always has been. Life still has lots of fun, and I’m always pleased to wake up in the morning (it’s a lot better than the alternative).

  4. I’m the same age,80, and most of the time I don’t feel anything like it. I must be doing something right bnecause the other day when I was getting a CT scan, the receptionist asked me to confirm my birth date. When I told her she looked quite shocked,’You don’t look it’ she said. I have put her on my Christmas card list.

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    • You obviously have good genes, I am 76 and have the same things said to me, I bet you are active and not overweight. …correct?

    • Active – yes but due to Prostate cancer female hormone implants, I confess, I am overweight. I think some of my secret is that I have used moisturiser since I was 55 and I’m sure that helps. I know most men would think it a ‘girlie’ thing but believe me — try it guys and see the difference.

  5. good for you and Jacqui, Brian! I am younger than you – about 35 😉 forever – don’t know who that old broad is who has hijacked my mirror

  6. Totally agree. Age is just a number. Because the number gets higher, doesn’t mean we have to act differently….

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