Beats the alternative… (repost)

I’m sorry, but getting older sucks.

Yes, I know, you hear so many of us touting that it’s wonderful and amazing and enlightening and empowering but in all honesty, I’d take my 20 something year old body, over my 58-year-old body any day.

The other day, I plucked a black hair off my chin that was at least an inch long! First, how did that happen? And secondly, how did I not see it until it was an inch long? I think the biggest reason our near-sightedness gets worse as we age, is so we don’t see that sort of thing on our partner’s face.

That and all the wrinkles.

I’ve learned more medical terms since turning 50 than I knew when I worked in a hospital. I always thought diverticulitis was something that happened if a diver came up too quickly from deep water.

It’s not.

And chondromalacia is not a fear of snakes…just FYI.

Even though I live near the beach, my skin is so much drier than it ever was. The second I step out of the shower, I am rubbing oil on my skin before it dries. I have tubs and tubes of lotions and potions to combat my ever drying skin.

While hairs are popping out of unwanted places, my eyebrows keep getting thinner and thinner. I was given the advice to rub coconut oil in them each night, so now there’s also a jar of coconut oil on my nightstand.

Do you use oils and lotions to help your skin?

Unfortunately, I’m now educated in age spots and skin tags too. I’ve been using sunscreen every morning on my face, neck and chest since I was in my 20’s. Apparently, I was supposed to add my hands to that routine too.

So, yeah, body-wise I’d rather be 28 than 58.

But thinking back to 28, I wouldn’t trade in my knowledge and experience to go back to that age. Of course that’s easy to say, because it’s not like I can go back to 28.

I guess it’s a trade-off.

I got the strong body with great skin when I was younger, but I get the knowledge and experience as I get older. Hmmm, I’m trying to decide if that’s a good deal or not.

Look, I know I’m supposed to be “embracing my age” and all, and for the most part I am. But I’d put money on it, that if someone said we could stop or reverse the aging process; we’d all jump on board.

My mother-in-law tells me “don’t get old, it sucks” and then chuckles. But I totally understand what she means. I always say back to her, “it beats the alternative”, and we both laugh and agree.

My Mother in law kids around and says, "Don't get old, it sucks!"
My Mother-in-law, Chris

I’m pretty lucky really. My mom didn’t make it to my age, so I’m going to do everything in my power to make it to at least 100.

I can just see myself, wrinkled and spotted with hairs on my chin and talking about how great it would be to have that 58-year-old body back.

Reader Comments

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      My favorite line for this post is the last one. It is so easy to not be happy right where we are! I’m learning to appreciate this old body, because it’s just going to keep getting older.

      Keep smiling!

  1. Barbara Kong

    I’m so relieved to read your comments Loretta.
    I thought I was the only person not to be enjoying being 57. I’m constantly worrying about my own health which I never used to do. My mum’s 94, dad’s 92. I really don’t want to live into my nineties with lots of health problems and no quality of life. I’ve had virtually no life for ten years because I’ve been caring for my parents. I can honestly say these last five years have been the worst ever with some dreadful personal experiences. I was told that I’m at the university of life. Think I may have graduated by now🙄. I think I could do with writing a blog myself! Oh by the way it’s not so much wrinkles I can’t stand, it’s the sagging 😩X.

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      Barbara, I honestly can not imagine what you have been through with your parents.I agree completely, that I don’t want to live to be old and in poor health. It’s just not fair to those who have to care for us….like you.

      You probably should write a blog about it…there are so many people in your same position.

      And, yes, I so hear you about the sagging…

      Take care, my friend.

  2. Kathy

    Embarrassing moment. Went to the dentist for my regular check-up. My sweet hygienist said “we’ve known each other several years right?. ..anything I say is private right?….don’t get offended right? ….you have a chin hair and I’m going to take care of that right?….no extra charge!”. I’m dead!!!! Chuckle

  3. Mary D.

    I try to stay on top of the 1″ hairs, but do they grow overnight?? I have been there many times and said the exact same thing to my husband. How could he let me leave the house like that? Maybe it is a blessing they don’t notice the hairs, but the other day, I took out the scissors and chopped my hair into a pixie cut. He never even noticed!! On second thought, maybe there’s another word to describe it besides “blessing” but I won’t put it in print!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      Too funny Mary…I have done the exact same thing. Chopped my hair into a pixie cut!

      Yeah, it’s “interesting” how much they don’t notice 😉

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