Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. // 


January 26  

Ok – the birthday came and went. Do I feel different? Nope. A friend I have known for 43 years called to wish me a happy birthday and asked how old I was. I told her I have no more birthday numbers except for those with a 5 or a 0. She could easily figure out how old I am but the question I think is prompted by the fact that we met when I was a new graduate student and she was a new professor – and we have been friends ever since. She has a big birthday coming up this Spring – one that ends with a 5. We laughed about a lot of dumb things we said and did over the 43 years and as always we saying “How is it that our kids keep getting older and we still seem the same ages as when we met?” That’s a question many ask.

If you are aging in a healthy fashion it seems that not much changes in you – just in those around you who are still counting – like kids and grandkids : ). Yes I have noticed changes and I am not always happy about them.

When driving cross country for this latest move, I knew I could not drive day and night like I did in the past. In fact even tho my son did most of the driving we laugh that I could not even be a passenger for hours and hours anymore either. I insisted we stop at night to let me sleep stretched out in a bed. I added that the cat needed to be out of her travel box as well – she being older than I : – ). [The dog got to have a break when we stopped for gas and food. ]

When I was a college student in NYC – the fun part of the day started at 10 PM. New York was a 24 hour a day city and we took advantage of it. Not sure how we made it through on so little sleep. Now 10 is real night time and it”s been ages since I was up as late as 1 or 2 AM.

So there are changes. Are they bad? good? Nope – they are just changes. Some we need to be aware of but can do little about – and many we are aware of and should be doing a lot about.

Til next time : o )

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About the Author

Native of NYC who moved a lot, got several degrees, and has been a lifelong writer and reader... I am interested in many things - and I write [and teach] about them - especially the human lifespan and healthy aging

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.