That number isn't quite like a Sleep Number on a particular brand of mattress sold here in the United States. If you figure out your correct sleep number, and you then buy their mattress, you will have the best sleep ever. Or so the advertising goes,
No, sleep numbers aren't the same as ages. Many women won't even reveal their ages. I'm past that. Somewhat. (See above).
Not only that, the dividing line between middle age and being a senior is a blurry line, and not because of middle-aged vision.
But, the other day, I ran into a fascinating survey on a Mid Life blogging group I belong to. I'm on the far side of midlife, but here I am in that group, and I enjoy reading posts by many of its members. The survey is not public, so I can't link to it, but I will share (with a slight edit) one of the questions:
"...What kick-ass things are you doing in life that prove "age ain't nothin' but a number"?
Do I REALLY need to do any kick-ass things to prove my age ain't nothing but a number?
I ran down the list of activities I consider to be kick-ass. And this is what I concluded. I am not a kick-ass person. I:
-do not skydive.
-do not jet ski.
-do not mountain climb.
-do not do zip lines.
-do not participate in triathlons.
-do not white-water raft....
Well, you get the picture.
This is what I do, instead. I think the art of considering age as just a number and being young at heart consists of
1. Curiosity, and wanting to learn more about the world around you,
2. Be willing to try new things (and that can be HARD),
3. Feeling gratitude for being alive, and
4. Being true to yourself.
|Not My Flowers, but still|
I love flowers. I like being around flowers. They help make me feel grateful that I am alive, as they surround me with their beauty. I never tire of being around flowers.
|Downtown Binghamton, New York|
I like to look at clouds on my lunch hour. They sometimes make me thing of a song. I really don't know clouds at all.
|Historic House Bath, New York|
I admire old buildings. I wonder about the stories the walls within have witnessed.
|Anthony Road Winery, Penn Yann, New York|
I will drink wine and visit wineries (I live a bit more than an hour away from wine country) from time to time. In fact, learning more about wine had started as a "trying something new" and is slowly evolving into what could be a lifelong learning experience.
I want to remain physically active, and I exercise each day in hopes of preventing more falls. I've had several of them already. I've been lucky. I haven't hurt myself badly. The next time, I may not be so lucky.
So, how would I respond to that questionnaire? How do I prove that I am young at heart? That I want to have a zest for life for the rest of my life, but not a kick-ass zest? Learning something new each day, blogging, taking pictures, and being grateful for being alive, is where I want to be right now.
Hopefully, I can continue to be among the young at heart.
And now, if you'll excuse me, I have to water my flowers and listen to the neighborhood birds.