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Old 03-03-2015, 12:56 PM
 
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I plan to just do what I want when I retire. I've tried all the "ancient", "eastern" and "wholistic" stuff earlier in my life and now I shall concentrate on having fun. I'm used to the fact that I'm not going to live forever...who would want to do that?
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Old 03-03-2015, 02:15 PM
 
Location: in the miseries
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I plan to just do what I want when I retire. I've tried all the "ancient", "eastern" and "wholistic" stuff earlier in my life and now I shall concentrate on having fun. I'm used to the fact that I'm not going to live forever...who would want to do that?
Not me. Just maybe 5 or 10 more years. Depending.
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Old 03-03-2015, 02:29 PM
 
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I have to admit, that is my biggest worry. I have been so healthy all my life it's almost scary. I've never had a surgery and even still have my tonsils. I have rarely ever had to take any kind of meds and don't now. It amazes me how I could reach 72 and still be entirely 'intact' and healthy as I am. And then I think that, yes, I've been really really lucky but the possibility of something "BIG" hitting me is always there and in the back of my mind.

I do take care of myself and my doctor once commented that he had never seen me come in sick. I never have. I rarely ever GET sick and just stay home till it's done. Even working with the public I've always managed to avoid catching anything.

There have been times when I thought the person who came up with that Golden Years thing ought to be drawn and quartered, hung and burned at the stake! More like Pewter sometimes!
This stuff is really hitting us from all sides. If you find the delusional person, let me know and lets go beat him up together. We may have to go after John Lennon, too, because he wrote the lyrics to a song we loved when we were younger but it's just not true. But it's out there to calm the scare and it's no longer working.

JOHN LENNON LYRICS - Grow Old With Me

(I think Robert Browning may have coined the first line in the poem.)

YOU are amazing having been healthy all your life. Hearty congrats for that. Not taking many meds is in your favor and likely helped your health.

I'm not that old but I've had my share of surgeries and my good knee is acting up (I'm ignoring it best I can). I still have the ability to mow the lawn in stages and take care of it while neighbors pay to have theirs done. I try getting our dog out to run in the mountains and get the exercise in for me.
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Old 03-04-2015, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Some of us are just lucky.

But I've learned to be patient with those who are not so fortunate, because that's all it is - luck.
As with much of life, if it hasn't happened to you yet, the patience/compassion may not be there!

All it took was a painful Baker's Cyst, and every time I now see someone using a cane, with obvious knee problems, my compassion/patience kicks in!

And, all it took was to be diagnosed with COPD, and the compassion kicks in every time I see someone struggling to get their breath!

Being I still work at a LTC/Rehab facility, it's also made a more compassionate nursing assistant. But why did it take suffering these setbacks for the true compassion to arrive?

Small wonder that these really young nursing assistants are so clueless to the patients they take care of!
And I've been there myself!
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Old 03-05-2015, 03:23 PM
 
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I really enjoy the woods and nature. Looking forward to more pond time when we retire.
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:15 AM
 
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I really enjoy the woods and nature. Looking forward to more pond time when we retire.
Sounds serene and beautiful.
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Old 03-15-2015, 10:05 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I plan to just do what I want when I retire. I've tried all the "ancient", "eastern" and "wholistic" stuff earlier in my life and now I shall concentrate on having fun. I'm used to the fact that I'm not going to live forever...who would want to do that?
I know I won't live forever but I'd sure like to as long as my health holds up. I guess it's human nature to want to live to be old and still look young but I'd like to live to be as old as I look.
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Old 03-15-2015, 10:57 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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I know I won't live forever but I'd sure like to as long as my health holds up. I guess it's human nature to want to live to be old and still look young but I'd like to live to be as old as I look.
more important is health. there are plenty of unfortunate younger then most of us people that are not living a quality of life . rather than want to live to be very old........lets make good health our priority.
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Old 03-16-2015, 06:44 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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more important is health. there are plenty of unfortunate younger then most of us people that are not living a quality of life . rather than want to live to be very old........lets make good health our priority.
Absolutely agree !!! If we don't have our good health, we don't have much to look forward to.
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Old 03-16-2015, 07:50 AM
 
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The great thing about retirement is that suddenly you have a lot more time on your hands which allows for you to focus more on health. Without the daily stress and grind of working, you have more time to eat healthier, excercise, sleep etc. Of course as we all age, health issues are inevitable then the task becomes how we manage it. Having time and autonomy is your ally during retirement whereas if you're still in the workforce it becomes more difficult and quite a challenge. My point being if you're already retired you're in better position to make those years golden by utilizing whatever means you have at your disposal. I know easier said then done, but that should always be the goal.
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