This year was a benchmark as I turned 65 on December 16. That means I’m officially senior. Whatever that means. I sure don’t feel old and I’m still not going to call myself senior. Instead, I’m a forever young Baby Boomer in my own mind.
My dogs are also officially senior
One is 11 and the other is 14. They’re both chihuahua mixes and behave like puppies, at least most of the time. Sometimes the 14-year-old gets a pain in his back and we have to give him a Tramadol. Otherwise, he can jump with the best of them and is still bouncy. Both have had a little tummy trouble lately too. I learned that white rice, chicken, and pumpkin is a good cure.
I still feel bouncy most of the time. Until I don’t. I’d love to be more flexible, but I could never do the splits even when I was a teenager. The other day I took a header while I was walking the dogs and scared some of my neighbors. I tripped on something. It was probably one of the dogs. Fortunately, I landed well and got right back up without a single scratch. It was a little embarrassing, though.
I keep well by walking and try to do 10,000 steps a day. It helps that the store, bank, and great restaurants are only a couple blocks away. I only use my car if I absolutely have to, because the older I get, the less I like driving.
Good health is everything
Being officially senior at 65 means I’m now on Medicare. That’s a cool thing. It makes life a little easier, especially since I’ve been bouncing around on health care plans for the last couple decades. So far I’m healthy. I may not be at my ideal weight, not by a long shot, but my numbers are good. No diabetes, no heart disease, no cancer, no anything else. Sometimes I’m a hypochondriac and think I have something I don’t. I guess I take after my father who lived to be 90.
There were good things that happened last year and some bad.
First the good
My daughter took me on a trip to Banff and Lake Louise. She loves to travel and sometimes I get to go with her. I adore doing that. She has a great job and can afford to take her Mommy once in a while. We did a long hike, where I felt officially senior, but I survived and lived to tell about it.
There were other good things. I got to work with wonderful companies like Omron Healthcare and Gary Poppins Popcorn, who sent me products and helped to support my blogging habit. It’s fun being able to work from anywhere.
There were also bad things
My significant other was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. That’s made life a little iffy and has definitely contributed to my stress level. No one wants to deal with awful news like that, but it happens. Now we’re going to tons of doctor appointments, chemo treatments, and scans. It’s put me in the precarious position of having to figure out how I’ll survive if he doesn’t.
I also lost some friends to cancer this year. They were all around the same age as me. That’s always alarming. My hope is that cancer will be eradicated from the face of the Earth.
I won’t even go into politics. That’s been really depressing. I look forward to the day when we can get back to enjoying holidays, meetings and parties, without the divisiveness that’s tearing our nation apart.
I look forward to better days ahead
I’ve always been an eternal optimist, despite setbacks I’ve had in the past. They’re always opportunities to grow and make things better. It’s the Sagittarius in me. I’m grateful for so many things in my life. Fabulous kids, my puppy dogs, my family, the people I work with, my readers, (YOU) my friends, co-workers, a roof over my head, and the fact that I live in sunny California. The Earth is spectacular, and I hope we preserve its beauty.
Have an amazing New Year! Here’s to love, compassion, adventure, and good health even though many of us Baby Boomers are officially senior!
What are you grateful for and what good things are happening for you in the coming year? Please leave a comment below.