When I reflect on the past seventy years, there are things I never thought I would experience. I couldn’t imagine, for instance, that writing would bring a depth of pleasure and fulfillment that satisfies my creativity.
Here are twenty other things I never thought I’d see happen:
-I’d have to start shaving again just to buff off those flaky skin bumps
-ANY and EVERY Beatles song would bring me to tears
-I’d seriously think about having my groceries delivered
-I’d forego putting up a Christmas tree
-I’d get up at 5 a.m. and, every once in awhile, return to bed at 8 a.m. for a nap
-sex would lose its ranking as one of the top ten fun activities of my life
-I’d have to drink a glass of milk to help keep heartburn at bay when I have an alcoholic drink
-I’d need to DVR every single TV show that comes on after 10 p.m. because there’s no way in heck I’m still awake at that hour
-I’d take the elevator instead of the stairs to ascend only one flight
-upon entering any gathering, I’d look for somewhere to sit before searching the crowd for any of my friends
-I’d plug in the heating pad before turning on my computer when I get up in the morning
-my cat, Kali, would get more exercise than I do
-my life would be drastically characterized by change (but, hey, whose isn’t!)
-I’d spend some days, all day long, in my bathrobe
-I’d keep a permanent escape bag prepared and ready to evacuate should a natural disaster occur (this on the heals of earthquakes and fires I’ve lived through recently)
-I’d let the phone ring and ring without even being curious about who it might be (probably robo calls)
-I’d follow my heart instead of the in crowd to determine who my friends and acquaintances are
-I’d wait to borrow a book at the library instead of buying it instantly at the bookstore
-I’d give away things, nice things, because I never used them
-I’d keep my mouth shut even when I knew the answer or the right way to do something
All these things are a part of my being older. And, while it’s easy to complain and gripe about the peskier of these happenings, I wouldn’t change anything for the alternative … if you get my drift.
Oh, and I forgot. Here is one deliriously wonderful happening that I couldn’t fathom for my old age:
-being retired would be as wonderful – even on crappy days – as it’s turned out to be.
So, that’s twenty-one of the unexpected happenings in my later life. What about you? Tell me things that happened to you that you never expected.
Never thought I would dislike my brand new Jaguar sports car because it is too hard to get into and out of, plus it has no lumbar support. 2500 miles and I want to sell it !
Never thought I would be exhausted if I did more than 1 thing in a day, like go to physical therapy in the morning and God forbid out to dinner in the evening.
Ouch! That new sports car discomfort is gotta hurt … sorry for that silly pun! I too, Katharine, have days when one and one thing only is all I can manage. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the walk through memories, Antonia,
Many of them I am aware of but you have made me think of so many more. Some are really great and some not so good but those have led me to something better. Retrospect is so enlightening…
Sounds like a few of my issues were familiar to you. Thanks for letting me know I’m not alone.
And, as always, thanks for reading, Fran.
How about walking into a nicely appointed office/store to buy marijuana??!!
How about a Trump Presidency???!
Personally, the surprise of going through the “empty nest” syndrome all over again with grandkids growing from babies to teens. So tough. But it’s the nature of things………so I tell myself.
Thanks so much for your “never thought I’d see the day when” issues, Christine … good ones!
I could so relate to your wonderful list; on the down side is learning of friends who are now gone and on the positive is that wonderfully delicious lie down time in the afternoon which I have to have to make up for the very short nighttime sleeps and without which I become very grouchy
Yay! Let’s hear it for naps! Thanks for your input, Linda!
Retirement is the best…gives me time to think and do the things I really want to do. Like purge the stuff I will never use, eat what I want and when I want to, do one thing each day, and be quite content with my very small life. Thanks for sharing.
I agree, it’s the best!
Thanks for your input!
I wish I could take nap. I do agree about Beatle songs. In fact, I was still playing them until 2005 in my last classic rock band. I guess there is a time to let it go…unless you are Mick Jagger!
Agreed! Mick Jagger seems to be the Energizer Bunny of the rock world! Thanks for your input, Trippe!