Retirement is fun.
Retirement these days is drastically different from a few years ago when it simply means to stop working, laze around the house entire day while living off a retirement pension.
Now, everybody wants to retire in style. They want to get the most out of it, i.e., spend their days the way they want to, engage in sports, travel, fine-dine at least once a week and, for singles, give love another go, and many others.
Balance your own diet!
Before knocking yourself crazy for a sensible answer, you should know what a “balanced diet” is. We’ve been hearing this phrase since our elementary grades but never got a good grip on it.
A “balanced diet” is a diet that gives your body the necessary nutrients to function properly.
Are you having a headache, a little feverish perhaps? With a runny nose, sore throat, coughs and body aches and pains? Chances are that you are having the flu.
And it is not surprising because this time of the year is dubbed as the “flu season.”
What is surprising is if you haven’t had a flu shot.
New Year’s Eve – long enough to drive out the darkness
“Be bold, be brave,” I kept telling myself. That’s how I survived New Year’s Eve.
Last New Year’s eve was my 69th. In short, I’ve had lots of it already, which I am very thankful for.
Oh yes, I ‘ve had so many New Year celebrations to reminisce about, from the time I learned how to pop a firecracker, through my adolescent years up until I had my own family.
Are you in this rut?
Two weeks ago, I passed by a pick-up truck with this sticker on the back. I did not mind it until I was a few steps away.
So I hurried back and took this picture.
The message, at face value, is satirically funny. Yet it is laden with a deeper meaning for a lot of seniors like you and me.
It made me wonder, “Is my life like this? What a rut that would be.”
Home alone, and happy!
“To leave or not to leave,” is a question a lot of seniors face as they grow older.
I live along and I thought too big for me. So three years ago I looked around for a retirement home to spend the rest of my days.
I found two, a few kilometers away from my home.
Never do it again, you hear?
The life of a senior is often like playing with a loaded dice – they lose each toss.
Not only do we face a myriad of problems, i.e., physical, mental, social, money, loneliness and many others, we are also easy preys to elder abuse.
For example, the U.S. Justice Department estimates that 1 in 10 seniors are abused each year. The figures could be higher if all cases are reported.
Loneliness – silent but deadly!
I am a live-alone senior but I am never lonely.
Why? Because my mind is always exploring ideas, wandering to distant places and new technologies, and how to get people read my articles. LOL!
I never allow my mind to dwell on self-pity, disappointments over past failures and unmet expectations. Yes, I grieved deeply when my wife died but I got out of it soon before it can ruin me.
In fact, I relish my lonesome moments because by being alone, I can have clarity of mind and the motivation to achieve my purpose as a writer.
But I cannot speak for other seniors.
Yin and Yang of Clara’s Life
One of the enigmas of human nature is that it can be unkind, and it can be compassionate – like the Yin and Yang of Chinese philosophy and religion. Both can weave a story that may apply to any one of us.
Like the story of Clara Nichols, 87 yrs old.
This is her story…
Gay couple – they are people, too!
I am not gay, but there is always one in every generation of my family.
When I was young, I was effeminate that my Mom wanted me to be a priest. LOL!
Maybe my consciousness revolted against the idea that I shed off that trait as I grew up. But my younger brother got that familial aberrant gene. And my nephew and uncles and cousins on both sides of the family.