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From: lendube
Date: 05-02-2007, 09:40 PM (1 of 8)
Dorothy's little age joke/quiz had a post by jwright saying she'd like to be 21 again. It made me think.

I'd like to be 47 and just stay there. That was the year that the last dear child moved out. Love them to pieces but it's just a lot easier now. No waiting up nights worrying.

Actually I'd like to be about 35 or so. That was awesome. You're still looking great physically but you've got your head in a good place too. JMHO.

Isn't it nature's nastiest trick? If you have a daughter she's just at her prime, most beautiful and coming into herself as Mom's heading down the far side of the hill (physically speaking)?

This is all just fantasy. I don't really worry about it. I'm happy. Really.......:re:

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From: ninifav
Date: 05-02-2007, 10:52 PM (2 of 8)
Interesting thread, Lennie..Had to laugh at the last child leaving home..Didn't have empty nest for sure...just pick up the phone or get on the road and go see grandkids...
You know, I'll be 60 yr this July and am fortunate to be healthy and just a little overweight (10 lbs.) but I think that I am in my late thirties...Am a bit surprised to find myself at 60!! the best part was getting to the time in your life when it really doesn't matter what other people think!! (Shucks, half the time, they're not even noticing you...) I do find, though, that some things take me a little longer; and that I slow down to spend a little more time with friends and acquaintances...Probably b/c I have had a few pass away...Paula
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From: Bama
Date: 05-02-2007, 11:18 PM (3 of 8)
Hmmmmm... I don't think I'd go back to a younger age if I could. I liked being in my early 30s. I looked better then. I feel about the same so it still surprises me when I glance at myself in the mirror and see these new wrinkles and the sagging neck I got when I lost 20 pounds last year. I don't think I would want to start over with sending kids through elementary school tho. I also loved my 20s, but no way I'd want to be pregnant again.
My oldest graduates high school this year and the youngest has 3 more years. I'm really looking forwrad to them finishing college. I'm looking forward to having an empty nest. :up: I'm sure I'll still worry about them, but I really look forward to having a cleaner house and a much smaller grocery bill. Plus more time to spend with hubby.
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From: PaulineG
Date: 05-03-2007, 04:13 AM (4 of 8)
At 38 I think I like the idea of 35 being your peak. Although that must mean it's all downhill from here. Maybe a bit of plastic surgery. Aside from looks (which were better a few years ago I'll be honest) pretty much everything is better now than it was in my 20s. I'll actually vote for 35 or 36 because I was fitter and stronger then (I was lifting weights and jogging) and I've let myself go a bit since. Just today I was looking through some old photos and it's given me a bit of motivation to work out again though.

Mentally, emotionally and certainly financially things are much better for me now than 10 years ago. I was probably smack bang in the middle of the post natal depression I had after my ds was born - although I, and nobody else, had no idea at the time I had it. It was only afterwards that I realised just how dreadful I'd felt.

I guess it's a good thing that not everything is perfect all at one age. If it was we'd spend the rest of our lives regretting losing it all. It's nice to think that as we move from one stage to the next we are consoled with something - sparkling good looks are lost:re: , but wisdom and confidence are gained :up: - fitness and energy decline (not altogether gone) but financial ability to indulge oneself (i.e. a new sewing machine :bluesmile) increases. Health is higher maintenance still - grandkids to keep us healthy and enthusiastic :bg: .

Hopefully we are all happiest where we are now - or close enough.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 05-03-2007, 08:03 AM (5 of 8)
Seems like as soon as you start getting really comfortable with who you are emotionally you start getting all these little pains so you are less comfortable physically!!
Still, I'll take the age I am now and hope I get a lot more time even if it does hurt a little more every year. I pretty much enjoyed every age and plan on enjoying the rest of them.
It is kinda sad though. When I think about it, at 56, it is almost half over. -- DON'T pop that bubble for me!!
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From: judymo
Date: 05-03-2007, 06:53 PM (6 of 8)
Omy gosh,
at 63 I like who I am now, I am comfortable with my skin sort of, my attitude is don't like the way I look don't look.

User: judymo
Member since: 03-19-2005
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From: lendube
Date: 05-03-2007, 07:24 PM (7 of 8)

Something you wrote struck a chord with me. You said that "Shucks, half the time, they're not even noticing you..." I know what you mean.

I was just reading a book, might have been "S is for Silence" and the author made the comment that (paraphrasing) a man over 50 gets more attractive and intriguing with age while a woman over 50 very often doesn't even get noticed.

It's a very sad statement. If only as a society we could get past the "looks are everything" attitude. Western civilization can learn a lot from the Eastern philosophies in that regard.

User: lendube
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From: vickki
Date: 05-03-2007, 08:07 PM (8 of 8)
I'd like to be 18,I would make some changes in my life....
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