The TallGrass Blog

04/06/2013 Gail Ridings
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 Aging. We’re all doing it. Unless you’re 20 and anxiously waiting for that next year to roll around, most of us are not too thrilled about getting older.


I’ve noticed my conversations with friends and family have shifted into talking about failing body parts and it feels so strange. Of course, you knew it was going to happen, but still it’s odd. Most of the time, I feel like I’m in my 30s while my body sometimes says otherwise. I’m nearly six months into the long process of rehab from my shoulder surgery in November and last month I was diagnosed with osteoporosis! Really? Isn’t that what grandmothers get? (Oh right, most people my age ARE grandmothers!) I’m not feeling sad or depressed about this; it’s just a bit surreal.   


I’m so grateful for my basically great health because I know many people, young and old, who would be thrilled to have a body like mine that still works pretty well. And, with getting older, comes the ability to roll with life’s curves a lot easier. Things aren’t as earth shattering as they used to be. And, I appreciate each day with my friends and my family a lot more. Those are wonderful benefits of getting older! I read a quote recently in my Readers Digest. (Yes, I’m reading that now -- instead of Cosmopolitan.) “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength,” according to Betty Friedan.