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The "Downhill" run?! :)

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Well, since it was my suggestion for this forum, it's entirely appropriate I post the first thread, no? :D

So, we are born, we grow, we live each and every day just living and going about our business.

Then ..... one day we wake up and we've turned 50! :eek:

Those of us blessed to live long enough reach this milestone and in so doing, come to realise that for the most part, the majority of our life journey is over. Often referred to as; The "downhill" run! :lol2:

It's often a time to re-evaluate our life, how we want to live it, where and with whom.

Career choices are often also re-evaluated. Sometimes because of choice .... sometimes because of changing circumstances, both professionally and personally.

You notice changes also in your body which is no longer as it was thirty or more years ago. Some things you can simply no longer do! :o Time, perhaps trauma, and age is taking it's toll and limiting you to less optimal performance than in times past. Now you walk rather than run. You take the lift rather than the stairs.

Despite the changes and/or challenges, reaching 50 and over can be liberating and bring new things into our lives.

I've decided to make my "Downhill" run the best it can be! Endeavour to be the best I can be. Do my best and continue to contribute in whichever way I can to help make this world a better place.

Make the most of each and every day within the limitations which are a reality for all of us regardless of age. Limitations which range from physical, financial, etc etc.

Soooooo ............ how are you going to spend your "downhill' run??! :lol2:

Edited by Grace Oz

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How fitting that you should ask. I've always wanted to visit Australia, and now that the DW's brother has moved to Bundaberg I think she's willing to go. Hopefully we'll get there in the next couple of years. Other than that I'll need to work for the next 10 or so years of my "downhill run" so I can retire somewhat comfortably even if SS goes broke. :)

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I'm trying hard to stay healthy, financially solvent, and have fun! I agree, it is a 'downhill run'.

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I'm spending it right now, honey. What a fast run it has been too. It started in 1997, then slowed down a bit, but I wasn't allowed to work. Then in 2001, it reall hit hard. I went into high gear down that even steeper hill. The following year, I went into super warp speed, with the hill now becoming a steep mountain. I crashed a couple times on the way down, but slowly recovered, then while I was living in a hospice house in 2006, I again had a fast crash ride, this time with jet fuel in my tank. I crashed again, twice, spilling a lot of fuel. I managed to although weak as a newborn bird in its nest that could barely move without passing out, stayed laying still for a week. Then an inspector gave me a test, and I failed it miserably. I was moved in a more intensive care area where I had another system failure, making my coach think I wasn't going to make this one, but having the will to get up and go like Daffy Duck, I slowly recovered once again. Now I'm patched up as well as I can be, and am riding smoothly in my little mobile electric vehicle. :D And all is still wonderful.

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Thanks for that, Fran. It reminds me that even though working in a position that keeps me literally running for 8 hours really kicks my 50+ butt, I'm fortunate that I can still do it when I have to!:D

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Great post - age 50 to me meant a total career change (was a baker/pastry chef all my life, went back to school to become a nurse..... figuring, I spent decades "poisoning" folks, time to "pay it back" and help - I'm now working on our hospital's Cardiac Rehab Unit, and LOVING it !!!) n Am working to lose all the weight I put on during the 11+ months of school .... 16 lbs down, about 20 to go:bugeyes: ) I feel I'm still as mentally and physically fit as ever, just "softer" ;)

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can't say i'm "running"...

more like being on a roll.;)

and, loving it.

leslie

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I found that as I was kissing 50 I was in denial, I didn't want to admit that I was ageing.

I don't know how common this is with other people.

So, after some inner searching I decided to stop dyeing my hair and allow my gray's to come through.

I have found this to be a really liberating experience :)

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I just turned 50 and it rocks! I'm glad to finally be 50 because being 49 sucked. LOL

Joannep, I too decided that in honor of being 50 I would no longer dye my hair and it's almost completely grey now.

I've reprioritized how I spend my money. There's a lot of work I need to do on the house yet, but that's just material. I'm giving more to charity and I'm traveling. I went to Thailand last year, and Palm Springs this past May. I hope to go to India in November and really immerse myself in that culture and I can't wait to see the beautiful Taj Mahal.

I'm trying more to connect with other people. I'm being more social. I'm getting involved in some projects to help the homeless through my church.

I'm trying to loose a few pounds, but I'm not really feeling much effects of aging.....yet. I can still climb the five flights up to my unit at work, still work out 3 or so times a week, and am on no medications whatsoever. But I know the wrinkles are there and going to get deeper, and gravity is occurring. Sometimes I'm stop by the mirror in my living room and wonder "who is that fat, balding, greyheaded old man"???? No real denial going on.

I'm single right now and not sure what to do about that. I don't relish aging without a partner, but then again I'm perfectly o.k. with my life right now.

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I found that as I was kissing 50 I was in denial, I didn't want to admit that I was ageing.

I don't know how common this is with other people.

So, after some inner searching I decided to stop dyeing my hair and allow my gray's to come through.

I have found this to be a really liberating experience :)

Yep, so did I. I figure, so what if I look like a grandmother..........I AM a grandmother, and I'm certainly not ashamed of that!

You can't really see the gray in my avatar photo, but believe me, every time I trim my hair, it's becoming more and more evident around my face. 's OK---looks rather striking with the tan I'm developing :wink2: Well, I haven't given up ALL the things of youth!

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marla, i DO see the resemblence betw you and cz jones.:)

i am still vacillating betw gray/no gray.

up until a month ago, i had been neglecting/flaunting? my graying hairline...

i hadn't touched my hair in sev'l months.

not sure why, but ended up coloring it, like i said, around a month ago.

and knowing me, i'm sure i'll let it grow out for sev'l more months.

fickle and impulsive, do not complement aging gracefully.:rolleyes:

leslie

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