As women, let’s face it, we sometimes dread those later years of our lives in terms of how they might affect us both physically and mentally. Who wants to grow old and decrepit, right?
There seems to be a consistent and growing trend in eating healthier, exercising more, and maintaining a positive attitude. Those are all great indicators that as we glide into the afternoon of our lives that the transition will most likely be seamless and pleasant. However, I often wonder why we seem to stress ourselves out with the age thing. After all, our bodies are not meant to last forever. In observing one interesting lady over the years, I have found that the best way to keep the clock of time from creeping up on you rests in the daily use of laughter and good humor, complemented by a clear presence of mind.
At age 45, I sometimes feel as if I am gearing up for the senior citizen lifestyle. After all, there are some days when my mailbox is holding a “Come Visit Our New Senior Care Facility” invitation with my name in bold letters on the front. I frequently ask myself just how 45 became the new 95, and I cannot figure it all out.
The reason for my confusion rests mainly in one woman, my grandmother. When her next birthday arrives, she will be 105 years of age. One could reasonably assume she is resting comfortably in a secluded nursing home, wheel-chair bound, and staring blankly at a fuzzy television set. Amidst mental confusion, she might ask a nursing attendant if Truman won or if she could give the gal a dime to go get a loaf of bread. However, this 104-year-old woman is here to show how 104 is the new 54!
Since my grandmother, Kora, turned 100 years of age, I have toyed with the idea of writing a book about her incredible life. During my research over the past few years, it has become increasingly evident that she is unlike any other so-called “mature” individual. I would like to highlight how ANYONE can act like a 104-year-old and look forward to an even richer life.
1.) At your 100th birthday party, be sure to come out in a bathrobe in front of everyone and start to do a striptease.