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Monday, January 21, 2019

I'm Too Young to be 70

Hello bloggyland,

 I know I haven't been posting much since my grand babies were born 14 months ago and I'm sorry for that. But, really, I haven't had a lot to post about except how much I am blissed out over the twins and you'd get really tired of hearing that, I'm sure.

Well, I'm still blissed and besotted, but...I'm also turning 70 in April...and that has launched a profound leap into introspection and reflection.  The notion that I have way more years behind me than in front of me got me thinking about the time I have left and how I want to spend it. I don't live in the same city as my grand babies, so they are a part of my life, but not my whole life. I still love doing Sugartime (my singing/dancing duo) and I know that when we perform at retirement communities we bring so much joy to the residents (and to ourselves). And since my motto for the new year is "Joy is My Compass," that's a good thing.

But I also know that, even though "I'm Too Young To be 70" (by the way, not my words - it is the title of a collection of poetry by Judith Viorst), the reality is I am going to be 70 and the reality of that is that I'm not young anymore. I'm not even sure I can consider myself middle-aged. But I certainly can't call myself "old." Maybe we need to come up with new language to describe aging because "old" is just not a nice word. I like "vintage."

Anyway, I've decided to get my body as strong as I possibly can so, in addition to a tap dance class once a week, I've started an Absolute Beginner Ballet class to strengthen my core. I do a Richard Simmons "Sweatin' To the Oldies" aerobics workout two times a week. And I go for a long walk once a week. Plus rehearsing with Sugartime three times a week for two hours at a time. I hope that's enough physical exercise.

I've added a prayer/meditation time to my daily routine. It's the first thing I do in the morning and it helps begin my day in a really good way.

Oh, and I'm planning a great big wonderful birthday bash in April for the birthday event.

What's going on in your world? Do fill me in a little bit on your lives.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

You should have a big bash for your birthday. We celebrated my 50th three years ago with a trip to Universal so I could go ride the Minion ride. (So yes, there has to be another word for old or aging, because older people do not squeal with delight on a Minion ride.)

I get my steps and keep myself thin, but I could use some weights or something to increase my muscles.

Karen Walker said...

What a great way to celebrate, Diane. And you are so right - older people do not squeal with delight on a minion ride or anywhere else and I plan to squeal with delight for a long time to come.

Jacqui Murray said...

You are my model, Karen--I don't do any of that! No exercise, no tap-dancing, and worst of all no grandkids. It all must be in my future. Well, I am only 67!

Karen Walker said...

I'd given up hope of being a grandma, so you never know, Jacqui. And it's never too late to dance or sing or do anything your heart desires!!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I know exactly what you mean, Karen. I'm too young to be 76 1/2. You have a wonderful approach toward the seventies, so you'll be fine.

I'm now finishing up my second historical novel set in central Illinois, with the goal of writing a trilogy. Other than that, I'm trying to scale back, chill out, de-clutter, simplify, etc. And I definitely need to add more exercise to my plan. The Richard Simmons workout sounds like fun.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Karen,

You sound SO HAPPY! Thrilled to hear all the good news. Seventy is JUST a number... Love VINTAGE... sounds much nicer that old... I'm with Diane... we all need to keep our childish enthusiasm and SQUEAL with delight when we can...at the appropriate time of course. LOL

Been busy all year writing a Memoir... not mine, but about the life of a woman who lived life on her terms with no regrets. I don't know how she did it... She's no longer with us, but died a few years ago at age 81. Her daughter and collaborated on this project. Her story, my words. Super excited about the prospects. It was the first book I've written since 2010. A lot of years, but I did spend many of those in rewrites for my first two books.

I have to say, this was a very difficult project. Writing about someone else's life and experiences is tricky, especially when their life was a whirlwind of events that seem to happen all at the same time. American in the '50's-'70s was quite interesting. So much pop culture and Kay was in the middle of it all....

So happy you are feeling good, exercising, and enjoying your life.

Karen Walker said...

Patricia, wow, a trilogy - that's ambitious. Good luck!
Michael, that book sounds wonderful - wish you the best of luck with that!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen - I have a problem ... I need children first ... and being your age or roundabout - that 'ainta' going to happen - still live happily on is my motto - and good luck with projects, keeping fit - I walk ... but sadly singing and dancing do not appear in my 70 year old repertoire!! Just enjoy the grandkids - cheers Hilary

Carole Anne Carr said...

Well done you, making sure you are exercising and being able to enjoy the next decade. I am in my eighties, looking after a disabled husband, lots of exercise involved 😊, and writing keeps me sane.

Karen Walker said...

Ahh, Hilary, that is an unsolvable problem indeed - no children - but you're so right, "live happily on - my new motto is "joy is my compass."
Carole Anne, oh dear, looking after a disabled husband is very hard, I'm sure. Make sure you keep asking care of YOU, as well.

Clipping Path said...

Thanks for another great post.

Susan R. Mills said...

Hi Karen,

Just wanted to stop by and say hello. I recently returned to blogging, and I am just making my rounds to all my old hangouts. Looks like you've been busy! Congratulations! Also, plan the most spectacular bash ever! Hope all has been well with you.

Karen Walker said...

Hi Susan,
I'm just getting back into blogging as well. Nice to see you here. Thank you!

LD Masterson said...

I'm getting here late but I need to say, Me, too! Me, too!

I'm turning 70 in May and I'm way too young for this nonsense. And if I find the sucker who stole all the cartilage out of my knees, I'm gonna kick the crap out of him.

Karen Walker said...

LOL, LD - I know!

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