I’m beyond the age of retirement. I tried it once, but the lure of theatre drew me out of it. I am one of those elderly women who drives a car from 2002, with a little over 100,000 miles on it. It has a stick shift, so it takes a while for me to get up to speed. I’m the one who usually has a parade of cars behind her on the road, because I almost always drive the speed limit. I drive in the right lane so people can pass me if they like, but they seem to prefer riding on my back bumper.
My brain is still functioning although some of my senses are lacking. I’m hard of hearing so have resorted to closed captioning when I watch TV, which is far more entertaining than hearing the actual words. My taste buds are almost non existent. My eyesight isn’t too bad, but I need specks to read. My sense of smell is failing which is good in some cases, but no so much in others. As for the sense of touch, I can still feel a needle pricking my finger or the softness of a baby’s skin.
My sense of nonsense is quite alive and well. I enjoy being the comedian in a group – telling funny stories – having a pie thrown in my face. Simple things like that make me smile.
I’ve discovered the key to living a long life is to be active while you’re living. That doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym every day, but it does mean getting out of your chair, out of your house and into the world of the living. The more we sit around, the more likely we’ll fall into a coma. I am an involved senior. I still have opportunities to teach, to volunteer, to speak, to mentor and to share a lifetime of experiences with others.
There are times though when I feel like I’m on a merry go round, because my life is almost too full. I have moments when I long to sleep until noon. I would love to spend the day writing, reading or doing crossroad puzzles, but as long as I have the ability to move, I probably will never retire – even though there are times when I feel really tired of retirement.
I think God gives us these latter days to do some of the things we never had the chance to do when we were making a living. We have a wealth of information and wisdom tucked away in our brains, which can be shared with others and perhaps even bring some joy to them. Maybe I’ll retire – tomorrow.