I Am A Speed Limit…

Over The New Forty’s hiatus I hit the enviable watershed moment of being able to order off the senior menu.  Yes, indeed – 55 years of age, that I am.  It was a moment in time that I had often thought of as creating a major shift in the earth’s axis (at least where I am concerned), but in reality it was pretty much a non-event.  I say “pretty much” because it has caused me to actually survey that section of the menu when I visit restaurants.  Having now perused a selection of menus, let me say that I wish restaurants would provide more diverse senior menu offerings.  Try as I may to use my new senior standing to my advantage, I have yet to find the menu that has the item I want on the senior menu.  Surely, there must be some restaurant that forgoes the whole senior menu selection business and just gives seniors an across-the-board discount.  I presume I have not visited there yet, but those who have their aged finger on the pulse of this whole senior discount thing will hopefully clue me in to the happening restaurants.

I have been doing some intellectual re-framing and socialization since my arrival at 55.  I used to often say when I had aches and pains or moved at a slower pace than I had in the past that it sucked to get old.  I do not say that any longer because I have become acutely aware that getting old is a privilege denied to many.  My new line is – it sucks to feel old.  It is a more accurate representation of the physical realities I have noted.  Make no mistake, 55 is as much an age as it is a responsible speed limit.

However, the real challenge in being 55 is not evident in the speed with which I function, it is in still feeling 20 years younger in my mind, heart, and soul.  I expected that I would be more reserved, sage, and circumspect upon my arrival at senior status – that some miraculous change would occur and I would feel and act more like a full-blown grownup.  Alas, I only physically aged and the rest of me hangs in a state of suspended animation wherein I think I am still very much a young whipper-snapper.  And as a young whipper-snapper I get into mischief that may be unseemly for a woman of my age and for a body with my speed limit. I have reconciled myself to the fact that I will likely continue to serve as an embarrassment to my children as I further progress into my senior years.  I have concluded that I can live with their moments of angst over my behavior because I realize that the whole point of being here and living is being the authentic me that doesn’t act her age.

I am digging 55.  When I tell folks my age I use my jazz hands.  This is the one and only year that I will be able to pull this off.  I am going to use it obnoxiously until  folks come to warn others not to encourage me to share my age.  I have arrived – I am a speed limit – but I am still a sports car on the road of life.  I am not looking to be a sedate sedan, at least not yet.  Maybe at 75…but then again, maybe not. 😉

Day one thousand five hundred and sixteen of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

1 Response

  1. tim haering

    Subtitle “The New Forty” as “The New Senior”. LOL. At the basis of every adult I know, is the 12 year old we used to be. Sometimes the veneer of grownupness is very thin, sometimes but an illusion of haggard and grizzle. 2 more years and I am a prime number again. You’ve got 4 years. Will you still need me, will you still feed me …

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