Thursday, May 21, 2009

60 and counting

Today is my 60th birthday. It seems pretty old. I don't really act old or feel too old. But the number seems old. I still feel that so far it's better than dead. But it's starting to be a closer race.

No one ever told me it hurt so much to get old. Aches, pains, slower to get things done, and the funny thing is, you still feel you are working at the same pace. And there are lots of breaks while you work just to sit down and let everything have a nice rest. Then after the chore is done, there is the necessary nap. I call it a nap but it is really like I have passed out from exhaustion.

I have made it my mission in life to inform everyone under 20 yrs that it hurts. They haven't got a clue. They think they are never going to get as beaten down, crippled up, or slow as the "oldies". But I find great satisfaction in letting them know that if it doesn't hurt, you no longer have it. You'd think with all the removals the weight would come down. That new stainless knee I go a little over a year ago must weigh a ton.

Well any way another year down and another to look forward to. And next February I can rub it in to hubby that he will be 60. When I turned 35, my stamina seemed to drop by half. He laughed but the same thing happened to him and it was no longer funny. So far today I'm ok. But I will be facing the day lurking around every corner to make sure I don't lose anything else including what stamina I still have.

Have a great day.


Teresa said...

Gosh, Jeanne, that sounds more like a funeral dirge than a birthday message!! LOL!!!

Do pop over to my blog... something there I'd like you to read....

laura said...

Happy Birthday, Jeanne.
I hear you about the aches and pains! LOL. I'll be 50 this year, and seem to wake with a new pain every other day. I keep thinking I've broken something, but I guess it's just the wear-and-tear!
Have a glorious day--and keep up that stamina!

jeannette stgermain said...

HAPPY birthday, Jeanne! Came over from Teresa's blog.
I laughed when I saw your post.
In a few months I reach your age, and it seems impossible! Up to last year I didn't feel (physically) my age - now I do, and it has been my mission to recover from that. My hubby, who does remodeling in people's homes, tells me he has seen 70+ people who are lifting weights (not little weights either!).
So, I refuse to back down now -it's not that time yet!
So, I wish for your birthday that you find strategies, so it won't hurt LOL (and not with meds!)

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Oh Jeanne, to be 60 again!

The past two weeks I have had catarct surgery. I am impatient for them to heal so I can kick up my heals again and paint, paint paint.
Some past 60 ;-)

Laure Ferlita said...

Wishing you the very happiest of days, the most wonderful of years full of all good things, happiness, good health and great times!

And at least another 20 years of happy living!

Sonia said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JEANNE! Hope you have a marvelous day... Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jeanne,hope you had a great day.

Cathyann said...

Hi there Jeanne, Happy Birthday!!!how kind of that neat woman, Teresa in NC to do this for you! I just turned 59 and my bloggerbuddies were so nice to me too. I put my 59 years online, which shows it I fear.;....but YOU are HERE!!!!That is something cheer.
And you CREATE!!!! Celebrate. Aches and all. Good wishes.Stay young at heart and mind.

Joan said...

Jeanne - Happy Birthday!!! Ignore the pains and the fatigue!!! 60 is just a number (that I will reach this year too) and enjoy!!! Hope you celebrated!!! I'm expecting a slice of cake!

Ai said...

Jeanne, sorry for a B-late birthday post. You know that I sang you a B-day song and talked about your birthday with my Tone and Iris, right? I do miss you and wish you the best of painting and drawing years to come.

Sherry said...

Jeanne, I'm 58, and feeling more creaky than I hoped I would at this age. We all do the best we can, and I hope you did all you could to enjoy your milestone birthday.