When I was 14, someone in their 50's was old.

Now that I'm in my 50's, old looks different. 

The 14 year-old had some things right.  At 50-something, I watch boring news shows and can be caught drifting off if I sit too long.  I talk about my ailments.  I can't always figure out my cell phone.

But, I don't use a walker (yet), and I can still drive.  I'm on facebook, and I know who Bruno Mars is.

According to Webster, one definition of old is "experienced, or long-standing."  In other words, wisdom, which means, "informed, or learned."  So, 50-somethings have a few things on the youngsters.

Aging is a strange process.

Inside, I feel about 30.  My dad, who will be 89 soon, has the adventurous spirit of a 25 year-old, and the sweet tooth of a 10 year-old.  We all know people who are older than they look, and people who don't act their age.

My mom will be 92 in July.  Sadly, my sister-in-law passed away at 39.  Middle age for her was 19.  We never know how much time we have, because we don't know when we're going.

I wouldn't want to be 14 again, but I'm not ready to be 89.  So, I guess it's good I'm where I am.

At 50-something, these are the kinds of things I ponder. 


Unknown said...

I turn 24 this year. I see it as the final year of being in the 18-24 bracket and that fact depresses me.

About a year ago, I was asked for my ID in order to buy a rated 15 DVD. I was rather shocked to say the least but I'm sure I'll appreciate my youthful face in the future. :D

terri said...

14 is rough, 89 is rough. Enjoy the 50's, you wise old owl!

mare ball said...

Yes you will, Joanne! You're a spring chicken. :-)

Jaime said...

I turn 35 in a couple of weeks. When I was younger, I thought that I'd have most things figured out by this age but I don't. I don't mind getting older - I actually love becoming more confident and observant. Now, I don't really love that my ankles crack when I walk or that college students call me ma'am but I'll deal with these things because they are the price of getting older. Very reflective post.

mare ball said...

Jaime, I loved my 30's. They were productive years, and yours will be too. I'm not crazy about the ma'am thing either. :-) Or the creaking joints. But we can't stop it, can we? I just pray I can age with grace. Thanks for stopping by!

Retired Knitter said...

What a great post. I turn 65 this month. By all memory - 65 was and is considered old - or older. But was scare me more is that in 10 years or 15 (not a very long time) I will be 75 or 80. That thought does make me pause. But it also makes me enjoy all the more my time on this earth each and every day now. Sometime I just like to sit and watch the trees outside - or take the walk and enjoy the blue of the sky. I can't remember ever doing that when I was younger. Maybe it is a gift to live so long because you can take time to really enjoy the smaller things of life.

Thanks for the great post.

Marianne (Mare) Baker Ball said...

RK, you are a wise woman. I do think we appreciate life more the farther along we get. I, too, take more time to reflect and just watch. We're just too busy when we're younger, working and raising families. God bless you!

a.eye said...

Weird to think that young ages could be our middle age since we don't know when our end will be. Seize the day!

Marianne (Mare) Baker Ball said...

a.eye - absolutely!

Justin said...

That is a great and thought provoking post. I just went to a concert and for the first time though the music was too loud!!

mare ball said...

HA! I hear ya! And our taste in music changes, too, don't you think? So nice to hear there are other middle-agers out there. We're not alone in our ailments and complaints.