The Ten Best Things About Getting Older

The ten best things about getting older:

10:  Senior discounts:

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(Peter Steiner cartoon, New Yorker Magazine)

According to Time magazine, baby boomers love getting a deal just as much as the next person, but, hate the idea of getting a “senior discount”.  Senior citizens are our parents, the WWII generation, not the “peace, love and rock and roll generation”.  So, I guess we will take the discount, but could you just call it something else?

9:  Fewer migraines:

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Okay, this one is personal to me, but I had to include it.  I remember going to the neurologist when I was in my forties and was diagnosed with migraines.  She recommended a number of things (by the way, acupuncture has worked the best for me in addition to migraine specific medications) and showed me the above rough graph that she drew on a piece of paper.  The good news is that migraines decrease for many patients as they age.  I am one of those. At sixty-two I am having fewer and fewer migraines.  Yay!!

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1:  Being grandparents:

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You don’t know until it happens, but it is, hands down, the best.

My husband and I were riding in the car when we discussed what’s good about getting older.  I’m not being whiny or difficult or grumpy.  I am just stating the facts.  Sigh!  We could only think of three.

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6 Responses to The Ten Best Things About Getting Older

  1. Gail says:

    You are so right, being a grandmother is simply the best thing in the universe. Another good thing about getting older for me is leaving my hair gray and not having to spend hours in the hairdresser having highlights.

    • seniledenial says:

      Thanks so much for your comment. I weigh the going gray question all the time. I have five sisters three are gray three of us are not. I am keeping the balance for now. 🙂

  2. Shelley says:

    Well, I think there are lots of wonderful things about getting older. How about these:
    8. Recognizing that you can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself. (Thank you Ricky Nelson! Do you recmember that song?)
    7. When I was young, I had time, but no money. Then during middle age, I had money, but no time. Now I have adequate amounts of both.
    6. And as I get older, I realize the silliness of always wanting bigger and better, so I can truly appreciate “adequate” (see #7)
    5. I no longer learn something so that I can pass a test or get a good grade. I learn because I am interested in the subject.
    4. My legs don’t need to be shaved very often ( okay, I hardly ever shave them)
    3. Thanks to cataract surgery, I see better than I did when I was 30, and without corrective lenses.
    2. Those pesky hormones have settled down
    And finally, although I don’t yet have a grandchild of my own, I share three that belong to other family members. One of these days…

    • seniledenial says:

      Thanks so much for your comment. I heartily agree with all of your choices and I experienced many of them when I was turning forty. The rest I look forward to as I navigate through my sixties. 🙂

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