On Being Middle-Aged
My golden retriever will turn six years old this week. Thatís typically middle-aged in dog years. In light of his entering this stage of life, Tebow would like to share a few things about getting older.
- Chasing bunnies is not all itís cracked up to be. Lizards? Maybe.
- Eating is still a priority that transcends all else.
- Waking up in the morning takes a lot longer.
- Going to bed is the best activity of the day, besides eating.
Iím a tad older than Tebow, even taking into account the fuzzy math for calculating a dogís age. Over the last few years, Iíve reached the same conclusions as he has, plus a few more. I have the usual aches and pains common to most people my age and occasionally wake up with a new oneówhat my husband calls ďthe pain du jour.Ē Itís getting harder to read menus and newspapers, although Iím convinced thereís a conspiracy afoot to make the type smaller. And I often find myself asking ďWhat?Ē and turning up the volume on the television.
On the other hand, many things that used to be important donít seem to matter anymore. I donít worry so much about putting on makeup to go to the store or making sure Iím not wearing black shoes and carrying a brown purse. I also donít feel like I have to have everything perfect. My house doesnít have to be clean, dinner doesnít have to be on time, and holidaysówell, theyíve never been normal in our house. It feels good to be happy with who I am and where Iím at in life. Even if I am middle-aged.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, middle age is the period of life from 45-64. I guess that means Iíve been middle-aged for a while and didnít even know it. Thatís probably a good thing. A recent Huffington Post article claims that middle age is not a ďnumerical milestone,Ē but a ďstate of mind.Ē* Does that mean if I donít think Iím middle-aged, then Iím not? Either way, the signs can no longer be ignored, forcing me to admit Iíve arrived at that formidable stage of life. Surprisingly, itís not so bad.
*ď25 Surefire Signs Youíve Finally Hit Middle AgeĒ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/01/signs-of-middle-age_n_5234201.html