Is 60 the new 40?
That was a question posed in the Dove advertising site on MSN. Lots of people responded with how wonderful they feel and how they plan to keep up their favorite activities until they are 80.
I am 61. My doctor says that my heart will last 5 - 10 more years. I also have diabetes, chronic kidney disease, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis etc. I think that my family thinks that I am letting them down by not being the strong, vibrant grandmother they want for their kids. My doctor had my DNA tested and I am also at very high risk for Alzheimers if I live beyond 65. There is a good chance that my FIL will outlive me.
This past Christmas we were snowed in and I couldn't help but feel that I was losing 10 - 20% of my remaining Christmases. That seems a bit harsh.
So how does life look to you if you don't backpack in Tibet at the age of 70? How do you make peace with getting a Chevette engine instead of a BMW? I keep reminding myself of how lucky I am to have made it to 61 with few mishaps. I was lucky that my son-in-law recognized the symptoms of appendicitis because it would never have occured to me to go to the hospital and gangrene had already set in. Looked at in some light, I am already living on extended time and should be greateful for it. I have had a cold now for 2 weeks and it is now in my chest so I don't have the cheeriest outlook today, but I would like to know how your philosophy protects your mind from negative thinking. I am a Christian, but it doesn't always help.