Fun Monday # 118 When I'm 80 years young!
Sayre has chosen a topic that I feel I'm hurtling towards she says:
Using your imagination, project into the future and tell me what you will be like as an 80-year old. Will you be someone who doesn't accept the aging process, spending all your time in the gym and the bars, or will you be a rocking chair granny, or something in between?
When I asked Embee what he thought I would be doing at 80 he said "pushing up Daisies" but I'm hoping that I will still be around in fifteen years time. I wonder if I will still be blogging then- I suppose I'm already classed as a 'silver surfer'!!!!
Way before I retired I always imagined that I would still be playing tennis for as long as I lived. Sadly my body did not agree with my brain and I found that I could no longer play to any standard (I'm an all or nothing kind of person) without being in agony for days afterwards. So I decided to give up and that was about 4-5 years ago. So this is one thing I will NOT be doing if I ever reach 80.
As many of you will know I have been doing a little travelling since I retired; seeing different countries, experiencing different food and cultures is something I really have enjoyed so if I have the funds and can get insurance I might just be taking a trip or two at 80. After all I hope I will be around to see my grandchildren happily settled-and possibly cuddle some great-grandchildren.
The reality will probably be quite different to how I imagine. There is a strong possibility that my hip/knee will need medical attention long before then. I would hope, and be happy, if I can retain my independence. Of course that means still being able to drive which is a big challenge at any time let alone when one reaches 80! I hope I'll still be able to have a weekly trip to the pool for a swim (and that it's still free for us oldies).
I would like to have a crystal ball and see where I will be living because I know it won't be here, as we will have to down size sometime in the not too distant future. I hope whereever I'm living at 80 I will have a little garden where I can sit and read and enjoy nature.
The one thing I know for sure is that I do not want to be is a burden to my girls but neither do I want to end up in a nursing home to vegetate. So I will try and stay healthy, take a little exercise and when I get to 80 I'll let you know what I'm doing.