Growing older gracefully
This isn't exactly a question about retiring, but I assume most of the people involved with this forum are in their late fifties and upward, and they are who I want to ask this question. How does one cope emotionally with the realization that one is now "older"? Both my husband and I are in our early fifties, and it seems our bodies and energy levels have taken a nosedive. Suddenly, everything is sagging, flagging and aching. Our doctor, who is a few years older than us tells us it's normal and welcome to the club. It's so incredibly depressing. This seemed to sneak up on us and hit all at once. I keep telling myself to quit whining, consider the alternative, but it's still hard to accept. Being Boomers, I guess we thought we would go on forever being young and vigorous. How did you cope with the realization that it's all downhill from here? Well, maybe that's putting it a bit harshly, but you know what I mean.