The Birthday Month

This is the last day before my Birthday Month, and of course it is a special BM . . . .. ..  it is my 70th Birthday Month. When I was a child it took me quite a number of years to grasp the concept of age and ageing – after all my Mother was old and she was in her twenties. However in time I started to understand that old and older were relative terms. Granny T was old and jolly, yet she was still in her fifties. Grandpa T died when he was 56 and Gramps C similarly died before he was sixty. That generation after WWII had a hard time of it.

70 seemed a long way away. Now that I am nearly there it is strange what has happened. 70 is the new 50 one of my friends keeps telling me. That’s all very well, but supposing you have genes that don’t age well. In truth, 70 does seem quite young. 80 feels old; but then old age is always ten years older than you are yourself. It’s all about perspective.

What do you think?

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6 Responses to The Birthday Month

  1. LC says:

    My perspective, too. I turned 67 two days ago. I can remember when I thought 30 was ancient.

  2. friko says:

    I wrote a similar post about ‘old’.
    Old is different for everybody, it all depends on your point of departure. Some are old at a young age, others hardly age.
    I visited an 86 year old lady this morning. She’s more active and busier than I am and some people half her age haven’t got the interests and love of life she has.

    Happy BM, Freda.

  3. Tabor says:

    I totally agree. While health and attitude are huge determiners of age, I do think that 70 is the new 50!

  4. Ray Barnes says:

    I too have a March birthday, 79 this time. Can’t honestly say I feel any older now than I did 20 or 30 years ago.
    Some days are not as good physically as others but while there are ‘things to do people to see’ age is irrelevant.
    I have known 30 year olds who were born old, and 100 year olds who were more alive than people half their age.
    OK so bits wear out but as long as there is still a decent engine in the old body the car will keep running.
    Enjoy your special birthday Freda. I will do my best to ignore mine.

  5. Mina says:

    Happy Birthday Month. My sense of humour makes me think of the comment that age health etc can be in the genes – then I picture my mother’s generation in jeans! Oooops…

  6. freda says:

    Thank you for the greetings and birthday messages. I hope everyone has a happy March.

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