It may seem that anyone over 70 is ready for the grave, but we still have a lot to offer. About one third of U.S. Senators are over 70 – nice part time job for a retiree – but I digress. I was referring to the average Joe over 70 who has something worthwhile to contribute to society.
We often look at age as something way off in the distance – not pertaining to us – something our parents and grandparents are – until time catches up with us and we’re part of the senior generation. What a rude awakening – a cruel joke, maybe – a fact of life which we must all face. The benefits for seniors includes discounts at various venues, getting offered a seat on the bus (sometimes,) they get to know their doctors personally and they get to collect the unemployment benefits that were taken out of their pay checks every day of their working lives. Isn’t that special.
You are often considered useless, because you’re physically wearing out and your mind isn’t as sharp as it used to be. You don’t grasp technology and still use basic math skills to make change or balance a check book. You grew up saving everything only to be living in a disposable society.
As a golden ager, I wish to say that I am not dead yet. I still have a brain and a body that works most of the time. I can still work with youngsters that could easily be my grandchildren and keep up with them. I have years of wisdom stored up in my pea sized brain and tons of experience in child rearing, teaching, encouraging, using my writing to reach peoples’ hearts and a whole lot more.
So as we celebrate Senior Citizens Day, let’s look beyond the years and at the remaining days these wonderful contributors to society have remaining. They have much to give and deserve your respect.