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alisoncc 29th Apr 2014 21:57

Winding Down
Had intended to play golf today - club comp. But woke well over an hour too early, with my right knee letting me know that it had no intention of joining me on the golf course. Whilst the UK always seemed to gradually change seasons - gliding gently from Winter into Spring, thence Summer and Autumn, Australia is very different. Here we seem to go from Summer to Winter almost overnight. This transition seemingly occurring over the last week to ten days. Yes, two weeks ago it was the height of Summer, today there is an expectation of snow, with scarves, gloves and overcoats at the ready.

In previous times, before calendars became commonplace, peoples ages were often quoted in the number of Winters they had been around. Thus someone might be said to be a person of fifty Winters. Having turned seventy in January, this will be my seventy first Winter, and with other bits of me like my right knee choosing to mutiny, wonder how many more Winters I have left. Even this early in the season this one seems to be having a far more significant impact than others.

The King Jame Bible quotes "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away". I have a very real sense that this still applies. Many more of us may make it to seventy, but that doesn't necessarily mean we are any more capable when we do.

Would be nice to think that mortality tables might give an indication of life expectancy for those turning seventy, but fit and healthy acquaintances are quite likely to pop their clogs tomorrow. Whereas those who spend hours leaning on a bar with cigarette in hand might last another twenty five years. One size doesn't fit all. It's all very well for octogenarians here crowing about there achievements, but how many of their lifelong acquaintances are still around to share their memories?

Even with all of our medical advances, I am beginning to accept the fact that after seventy life does start winding down. The big spring in my life clock is far from broken, but there's not a lot of tension left in it, and there's lots of odd creaking noises in the movement. So after threescore years and ten is it preferable to cease being so competitive, to take every day as it comes, or to keep fighting and go out in a blaze of glory? When you turn seventy should you stop buying green bananas?

ExSp33db1rd 29th Apr 2014 22:31

Must agree, it sort of creeps up on one despite noisily denying it, difficult to put a finger on, but suddenly the motor bike refuses to go up on the centre stand as easily as it used to, there is no longer any joy in considering strapping on the weed-eater to trim the grass around the rocky 'garden',it's now a necessary chore, and one finds oneself scrutunising the Small Ads. in the newspaper for "garden services", the aircraft now needs two people to push it back into the hangar, one has to accept that one can only really plan one 'task' in town per day. etc. etc.

Still, I'm still flying, driving, riding the motor bike and ...... waking up each morning - could be worse, but it would help if I could remember where I put that pen I was using 30 seconds ago !

CoodaShooda 29th Apr 2014 23:33

"Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage, rage against the dying of the light".

The SSK 30th Apr 2014 08:48

Don't they say that the first person to live to a thousand has already been born?

I hope to God it isn't me.

SpringHeeledJack 30th Apr 2014 09:20

Don't they say that the first person to live to a thousand has already been born?
That being the case, at what biological age will they stay at approximately ? Too young and you're still developing, too old and the body starts to break down, meaning the timing of the stasis is of the upmost importance.


Fliegenmong 30th Apr 2014 09:39

I have a great uncle who turned 100 earlier this month....wheel chair bound now, but still has his marbles......

Swears doctors will kill you, so he hasn't seen one in 60 years.....eats only fruit & veg....no meat, no dairy.....sugar is 'the white death'......has a few beers when no one is watching, was playing tennis up until 80 odd....

tony draper 30th Apr 2014 09:51

I had a Great Uncle who drank like a fish smoked like a chimney ate nowt but fry ups hadn't tasted fruit or veg since he was three,he would have been a hundred this year as well.

The SSK 30th Apr 2014 10:03

Er - you neglected to tell us how young he was when he died, Mr D

tony draper 30th Apr 2014 10:38

You were supposed to figure that out for yourself, "would have been" turned it from a mere sentence into a funny.

Octopussy2 30th Apr 2014 11:29

I got it, Mr. D. The youngsters on here can still keep up with you :E:E

The SSK 30th Apr 2014 11:35

Don't rub it in Puss

rgbrock1 30th Apr 2014 12:02

I've always felt that age is a state of mind for the most part. alisoncc, you are not old by any sense of the imagination. And life is not "winding down" at that age. Although not old myself I feel that to keep ones faculties it is vital to stay mentally and physically sharp. That is key to vitality in my opinion.
All the rest results from those two key areas.

Octopussy2 30th Apr 2014 12:15

I know you can take it, SSK - just teasing.

If I may be serious for a moment, spending time on this board is an education in precisely how NOT to wind down if you don't wish to - lots of people here seem to be living life on their own terms and having fun in their 70's and beyond.

It seems to be a mindset though - some relatively young people have reactionary, closed, fearful mindsets - others remain cheerful and curious, in addition to reaping the benefit of a lifetime's experience.

Maybe that's why I spend so much time on here instead of Getting On With My Work....:)

cattletruck 30th Apr 2014 12:52

My friend related the story of his dad who turned 70 and decided to get a check by a doctor.
Doctor: "Ok, so what medications do you take?"
Friend's dad: "None, am I supposed to?"
All clear and straight back to playing golf.

Swears doctors will kill you
So do I.

oldchina 30th Apr 2014 14:13

Swears doctors will kill you ...
Medics are like garage mechanics. They don't take as much care with other folks inner workings as they do with their own.

No surprise that after treatment one often has to go back for something else.

onetrack 30th Apr 2014 14:43

AlisonCC - At 70, you've still got some mainspring movement left yet. Keep active, but don't punish yourself.
It's the quality of your life that you live that counts, not worrying about how many days are left before you part the veil.

Just been reading a railway book by a local bloke by the name of Ron Fitch. Ron was a West Australian Railways civil engineer who became Chief Engineer of the Commonwealth Railways, then Commissioner of the South Australian Railways.

Despite living a hard life for many years in outcamps along the railways, Ron is still in good form at 103, living in a self-care unit in a Masonic Retirement Home in Adelaide.
He acquired a PhD at the age of 92 - and wrote his biggest and most comprehensive railways book at age 99.
He was still lecturing on aged care at 100! Just goes to show you that the right mental attitude to advancing age is to keep active and interested in what's going on around you, and to never stop learning, and never ever be without a project.

This is Ron Fitch at 100 years of age in 2010.


er340790 30th Apr 2014 16:18

Flying to UK next week for the funeral of an uncle.

He was one of the lucky generation: too young for WW2, yet ahead of the baby-boomer waves who broke the jobs, mortgage, health and pensions markets for the rest of us.

Age 51, he sold up and he and his wife retired to the restored C15th cottage he'd fully renovated at the back of his garden, kept himself in shape, lived modestly, invested carefully, took care of his family but still had 1-2 holidays each year and a new car every 3 years. All that and when he died suddenly last week, aged 82, he was wealthier than he had ever been. Had just had a big reunion with his family from overseas the week before and the very day before he went, he bought my aunt a dozen roses for no particular reason.

And I'm supposed to feel sad!!!!!!!!! :ok:

:D :D :D

Shaggy Sheep Driver 30th Apr 2014 19:09

baby-boomer waves who broke the jobs, mortgage, health and pensions markets for the rest of us.
Don't be ridiculous!

Do you remember mortgages at 15% interest rates and climbing? Cancer survival of 6 months at best? Thought not!

You spring chickens don't know you're born. :rolleyes:

tony draper 30th Apr 2014 19:32

Plus the threat of being Nulearized any minute.:uhoh:

rgbrock1 30th Apr 2014 19:37

tony D wrote:

Plus the threat of being Nulearized any minute
Those days may slowly be returning Mr. D.

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