The Joy of Growing Old



If you are “lucky” enough to be working in the retail sector, and, let us say in your more mature years, it is fair to say that every working day you will see, hear, or do something stupid. Sometimes it is a nonsensical customer enquiry, sometimes a ludicrous request from your line or store manager, and, yes, at times the stupidity is home-grown. Saying that there is one thread of stupidity  that will forever walk by your side. What is that thread, why that of mass conformity, and the desire, especially by younger members of staff, to always have the latest phone or gadget glued to their side.

Yes, that’s right, if you are over 30 you’ve sat there as some baby-faced teenager waxes lyrically about their new phone or tablet. You’ve raised a despairing eyelid, if you can still do so, and reminded them of days gone by, and if you are really lucky you might get the classic comment of

” So what’s, it like being old!?”

How do I know this, because  I work with a load of youngsters, and I hear this nearly every day.

For some such a question may seem to be a death knell, a reminder of so few years to come, but if, for your age your health is reasonable, may I suggest that the following comment is sent back in return.

“What’s it like being old….Bloody marvelous!”

Why so, well, why not? Sure bits of you crumble and sag, and other bits cease to have any relevance or value, but why worry? Limbs, joints, teeth, and hair can be replaced, if need be, and even if such remedial treatment is not available, there is still no need to worry, as there is nothing you can do.

The greatest joy is that of not giving a damn about anything or anybody, and I would advise any “oldie” to follow such a trend. As a 18-20 yr old you know everything, and you know that the world is yours to educate and save. Ten years later such dreams are still visible and still glowing but life has thrown a bucket of water over them so they are all to rapidly cooling down. Then you hit 40, and such dreams all to often die. Not good you might say, but this is when you have a chance to turn things around. Oh you’ll still be broke, and you knees of whatever will still be aching, but you can chose whether or not you’re going to care.

You can 0f course do so. You can, if you so wish, grow old gracefully, and to the delight of your darling children, you are perfectly free to become the archetypal grandmother or grandfather; but with all such choices, I would simply ask the reason, why?

Why conform to what is expected of you? Why become an eternal unpaid baby sitter?  Why put money aside for your funeral when you won’t be there to see or enjoy it, and why or why should you stay silent as patently obvious idiots strut their stuff by your side.

So my message to all other oldies like me is get out there, live life ti the full, and to hell with conformity. Be old and be proud of it, and look forward to seeing all of your old friends and family 0n the other side

Finally, I hope you enjoy the two items below

At age 4 success is not peeing in your pants.
At age 12 success is having friends.
At age 16 success is having a drivers license.
At age 20 success is having sex.
At age 35 success is having money.
At age 50 success is having money.
At age 60 success is having sex.
At age 70 success is having a drivers license.
At age 75 success is having friends.
At age 80 success is not peeing in your pants.


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