I’m a really old dude.
Already lived seven years longer than my Dad.
Yet, I pretty much feel the same on the inside as I did at 16, when I was already an expert on, well… pretty much everything.
Despite having lived so long that I have calluses on my eyes from seeing so many things, I’m still making plans for living many more years.
I mean, who knows?
On the 1st place, becoming a senior citizen was nothing more than blind-eyed dumb luck.
After all, we lost our brilliant and sweet son, Walker when he was only 23. What a soul numbing waste…
In some settings, experience and contemplation are valuable assets. And, age sharpens your powers of hindsight. (Somewhat selectively, I’m afraid…)
Having lived through harrowing events younger people label history, can calm you during times of personal stress, political unrest and natural disasters.
How old am I, you may ask?
Sorry, I’m too old to remember…
I do recall December 13, 2015, marked 43 exciting years with my wife Treasa. (You’ll have to ask her just how excited she’s been.)
I’ve made more than my fair share of mistakes.
Done lots of things I’ve regretted. Occasionally stumbled over an epiphany or three. In other words, I’m experienced and don’t mind telling the stories.
Although I enjoy kibitzing, I take the information I post on Living On The Far Side Of 55 seriously.
Besides, sitting around counting up my fingers and toes while watching Jerry Springer, was starting to make me feel like maybe I’m wasn’t contributing all that much to the evolution of us human life-forms, or doing my bit to slow the expansion of the whole universe, and those kinda deals.
- helped Treasa raise two great sons
- U.S. Army helicopter crew-chief/door gunner during Vietnam conflict… a textbook snafu deal, if there ever was one
- retired from General Motors at 46 (we used to make great cars)
- salesman: sold farm produce, swimming pools, hot tubs, furniture, pre-planned burials, real estate, modular homes, and a lotta other cool stuff
- owned a swimming pool service, office cleaning service and was a general building contractor
- managed beachside motels
- voracious reader with a penchant for factoids
- did I mention I have shoes older than Miley Cyrus, and Taylor Swift?
I’ve also had a hip replacement, had a congestive heart failure, have atrial fibrillation, have an active sex life, and walk almost four miles every day it doesn’t rain.
Plus, I do my own handy man work. And a whole lot more.
I’m just saying, I know something about getting old.
And, since I can’t stop that ticking time bomb, I intent to enjoy the process of aging best I can.
Sharing strategies and resources that help me do so, is what this website is about.
If any of this sounds good, you probably like other things that aren’t necessarily good for you, too.
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