blockdew90 posted an update 3 months, 1 week ago
An excellent friend of mine – he’s 56 – has an odd habit. Whenever he turns into a solicitation letter from Association for your Advancement of Retired Persons, he adopts a minor tizzy. The mission of the association would be to benefit seniors in a number of ways, as well as serving as a robust lobbying force.
I’m not really a big fan of lobbyists generally speaking – even if they have my favorite interests in mind – since i think the entire lobbying thing is among the reasons why our government is broken as badly because it is. So this isn’t an advert or a suggestion to participate this association. But it’s an important part of my story, so I’ll continue.
Returning to my friend – let’s call him Ken. When Ken receives a mailer from this group, like I said, he gets visibly upset. He invariably tears the envelope to shreds, without even opening it. This whole action is performed with a little more drama, a bit more emotion, than the usual would typically use to get rid of what we know as junk mail.
The first time I witnessed this little act, I was more than a little surprised. "What was that all about?" I asked him. "It was only junk mail, right?"
Ken wrinkled his brow and shook his head. "Yeah, from that retired persons group," he snarled. "I am not retired. I’m 56. I own a business and run 15 miles per week. I work out everyday. I’m healthy as an ox. I don’t need to join an organization for elderly senior citizens."
Ok, so perhaps their name might be a misleading – the Association for that Advancement of Retired Persons is essentially for anyone 50 plus. But I found Ken’s point interesting, for reasons at night organization’s name.
Ken’s point – and it’s a valid one – is the fact that he’s not able to be called a senior citizen, and certainly not as a retired one. Neither am I.
I have another friend, let’s call her Betty. She went to the movies together with her daughter that is 24. Once the child stepped for the ticket window – the outing was her treat – she said, "One adult, one senior." Check in clerk issued both tickets, with no hassle.
Betty was appalled. "I’m 51," she said. "Senior discounts are for people 65 as well as over."
"Don’t worry, Mom, they never check," her daughter replied. "And every buck can add up."
Betty of course now knows that she can pass if you are 65, 13 years ahead of time. Ouch.
My point though is. Apart from qualifying for any retirement association and movie discounts, this on your driving license is meaningless. You might be as old while you feel. In reality, and even more importantly, you might be as old when you let yourself feel.
Granted, our knees may be a bit creaky inside the mornings, and often we might run out of steam quicker than we did 20 years ago. Such as the let tiny problems like that reprogram your overall thought of who you are – or you skill.
I really believe that to become young, you need to think young.
How old am I in Years, really? It’s time to start considering it. You might find that you’re a lot younger than your license says you might be.