Thursday, November 5, 2009

Edgy Aging Keeps You Young-er

Yesterday when I was bloghopping I came across the words just stay current.  I don't remember where I saw it or the context, but since it has been my personal mantra for some time now, I decided to write about it today.  It's for everybody but for those of us gettin' on up there, as they say, take notes!

Jan, an old friend, and I were talking a few years ago about aging....we were really talking about our hair, how we were wearing it, the color and things like that.  It is so very easy to get stuck in a hairstyle, right ladies?  I mean you will still see us walking down the street with Farrah Fawcett wings, especially if we hit our stride in the 80s.  Dorothy Hamill hair is still out there.  Helmet hair is out there.  Sprayed hair, permed hair, and fixed hair are all still out there.....and a lot of these folks have had it that way a loooooooooong time.

So here's my take on that. We all want to look as young as we can, go on, admit it,you do, surely.  But we don't want to look like a teeny bopper.  I mean, we don't buy our clothes in the junior department do we?   What I am getting at is what we really want, I think, is to look current.  Even if we don't have the latest and the greatest fashions, makeup and hairstyle, we want to look like we are at least in this century!  We want to stay current.  Not young, really, but current, maybe even a little edgy.

Think of other areas of real life.  Like scanning your groceries and checking yourself out.  I'd much rather someone check me out and "take care of me", but I do it every now and then anyway because I want to know how. I want to be able to. Train the brain while it is trainable :) and learn all you can, while you can.  I don't want to look up one day and find that I no longer know how to navigate this fast moving world because I just haven't kept up along the way. 

Think of the ways older folks can get left behind.  Using the Internet to communicate is a huge one.  Have you noticed how your land line doesn't ring as much as it used to?  That is if you even have one. My mother has a terrible time with that one.  She doesn't understand it.  Why are the grandkids only emailing, texting, Facebooking, and  Tweeting instead of calling and writing lettters!  Do they not love me?  "No mom.  It's not that."

You can dig your heels in where you are or you can get out there, learn, and change with the rest of the world.  You can insist on writing checks if you want to, but pretty soon you'll be the only one doing it.  Go ahead, get with the flow early on.  Learn it while everybody else is learning it, while your brain is spry and it learns fast.  Folks who are set in their ways even have trouble watching TV these days.  Back in the day you just turned on the TV and watched.  Now, those remotes, OMGosh!  You need an MIT grad to operate them!

So, older folks, like me, hang out with some younger folks who speak the new language and learn it.  Don't just always get them to do it for you.  Learn how.  Pay your bills online.  Scan your groceries.  Get an Ipod for Christmas.  Have a digital camera and learn all about it. Maybe even a smart phone.  Find out all the stuff your cell phone will do.  And if the same person's been doing your hair for 10 years, try someone new! 

You bloggers are all over this, I know, so I don't know why I'm preaching to the choir. But I bet you know someone who is aging too fast, stuck in the past.  Nice place to visit.  Don't pitch a tent there.  Learn something new.  Stay current or be left behind!

19 comments:

  1. I so get what you are saying and it's a fine line for me between current and acting my age as if I ever would. Thanks for coming by my blog today.

    Stalking, er, following you now!

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  2. Wow. Yes. I keep up on some things but have fallen woefully far behind on others.

    Off to look for someone who will do something with my hair...

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  3. I need to do something with my whole body

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  4. Theta, Thanks for coming by.

    Leslie, Thanks for the follow. Sometimes I don't even know what current is but at least I try to keep up. Scared not to! LOL!

    Tammy, We're all kinda like that with our hair. Everytime I change mine, it somehow gets back like it was! Has a mind of its own.

    Janice, Boy I'm with you on that one. Baby steps is the only way.

    Thanks for the visits.
    Sandra

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  5. Hello Sandra! Was just stopping by from SITS and really enjoyed your blog from yesterday.

    I feel just like you when it comes to keeping up. I come by that naturally, my father, gone for 8 years, was always on the cutting edge of technology long before anyone else his age or younger.

    Keep up or get out of the way!

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  6. Great post and I couldn't agree more. Stopping by from SITS. Hope you have a great day!

    pk @ ROOM REMIX

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  7. Sandy, Thanks for the visit. Sounds like you had a great role model in this way from your father! Go dad!

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  8. Hi pk, On my way over to see your place now. Thanks for the SITS visit. Come back. We have a great group over in these parts!

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  9. you mean I am currently getting left behind, oh no how can this happen

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  10. this has been a weird day in blogland. Wonder where people are? Maybe they did all get left somewhere.

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  11. this has been a weird day in blogland. Wonder where people are? Maybe they did all get left somewhere.

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  12. I see you are making some changes -- couldn't agree more. Use it or lose it -- Excy had a grand aunt -- super spoiled, silver-spooned and catered to all her life and one day she just decided in her 70s she wasn't going to get out of bed or a chair and people were going to take care of her. Not sure how many years go by - 7 or 10 -and when she decides she wants to walk again she can't! Not even with therapists could her muscles be retrained! In contrast she had a friend in her 90s who saw the Wright Bros fly at Kitty Hawk or would take a long walk every morning and was the picture of health. Change is intimidating - people are creatures of habit - but it's a necessary part of life.

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  13. What a great post. Isn't it funny the difference between people of the same age who stay current and people who don't. You made me laugh when you mentioned the Farrah hairstyle. A hairstylist once told me that she thought people who wear antiquated hairstyles are often stuck trying to recreate the best time in their lives. What do you think?

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  14. Karen, I never thought of it that way but sure could be. I think we get this vision of ourselves and don't allow ourselves to change with the times. Change can be fun, exciting or change can be hard...or all of those.

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  15. Thanks Wonder Why! I so want to be one of those who keeps moving. I"m going to try my best.

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  16. I just went through boxes of clothes and found some Nordstrom's "power suits" I wore in the 80's. It's so hard to part with your past. I'm sure I'll never wear them again however I could not part with the jackets...They still looked new. My husband said "they still look great, can't you wear them with jeans?" So..... I compromised and thew out the skirts and put the jackets back in the box....Until they come out again next year. Then they are gone... (I think)

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  17. Good advice, but as you said the people reading it are probably already there ;-)

    I found this really fun computer game for training your brain called "Brain Trining for Dummies." You can get it through Oberon Media, I believe. I purchased it a while ago and really enjoy it.

    Have a great day!
    Doris :-)

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  18. Lisa, I've got so many jackets too. Just hard to part with them when they're still good. Slowly but surely they'll get in the give away stack!

    Thanks Doris. I'm going to look that up. Gotta keep training the brain!

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