Rambling with an Octogenarian


“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old,
they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” 

― Gabriel García Márquez,  1927-2014 – Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, 

Hazard warning

When I was young/younger, I warned my children and anyone who would listen, that I would not grow old gracefully. And  I have warned you in the past my blogging friends, how I shall be when I am old.

“I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves, And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.”

Jenny Joseph – Warning

I love the idea of women growing older but not old. We all undergo several steps in maturing from infancy. These include childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, and then if we are lucky, we reach my age!  Each stage presents distinct challenges and as we move through them hopefully, we are learning and maturing, But growing old…

But just because we are getting older – and think about it,  every day we are getting older – we don’t have to be old. When I think of old I imagine an old person sitting in a chair doing nothing active. I don’t want to be that person. I have said in the past that I want to hike into my old age. Well, perhaps hike is stretching things, but at least I am walking and occasionally dancing, into my old age.

I look at these fashion icons over the age of 60 (sweet young things) and think that’s who I want to be who when I grow old.

So I will just keep on as I have been and then maybe when I’m old I can wear purple, with a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me.

But for now, as Shirley MacLaine says:

“I think of life itself now as a wonderful play
that I’ve written for myself and so my purpose is
to have the utmost fun playing my part.”

And Audrey Hepburn says:

“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.”

And Judith Baxter says:

I will most definitely be outrageous, difficult and undignified,
but not until I am old.

Cross Old Woman


19 responses to “Rambling with an Octogenarian

  1. How is it that in my head I am still 18? That is, until I look in a mirror.


  2. My secret to share with the world is that I will turn 80 on the first day of spring, 2019! That number might sound scary, but that’s because the images we have are those of a different generation. Its not a matter of looks, but of how able your mind is. Your mind sounds pretty creative to me!!!

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  3. You are the youngest 80-year old I know. Keep doing what you are doing.xo


  4. I will be 72 in April and still wonder how the hell that happened!
    I look at the wrinkly skin on my arms and probably other areas I can’t see and think “where did that come from?”>
    Thank heavens for three quarter sleeves.
    I work full time.
    Look after my 95 year old Dad.
    Work on our complex committee.
    Fill in any spare time reading, playing scrabble and bingo on Facebook, read,

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  5. It appears I also talk too much as I ran out of space!
    Who has time to stress about age????

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  6. Certainly not me. I’m so busy doing all the things I planned.


  7. Christine in Los Angeles

    I have a theory that having children somehow skews your age … 25years go by, without you noticing the change.
    This accounts for the fact that, although the calendar claims I’m just days away from 82years, I am (inside, where it counts!), only 57years.
    Yeah, that works, for me.
    Peace and health to y’all, in the coming year … and a little prosperity wouldn’t come amiss.
    God bless


    • It works for me until my daughter comes in. Hell is she really going to be 59 this year? Naw – as I tell everyone, I’m not old enough to have these grown-ups as kids – they came with their father.


  8. Christine in Los Angeles

    How can I find the January 2016 posting?


  9. Ah so well spoken. You and I both believe. Believe that life is about goals, growing, greatness. Yup that’s us with a little side of crazy!


  10. Yup – that’s us.


  11. Love this…and the comments. I am 70 and most of my friends are 10 years (or more) younger. A couple of them seem older than me and I think it’s because they have such negative attitudes. I am happy because I like life and refuse to see only the downs of growing old…and there are some but then there are downs in youth,too.

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    • Thanks, Patricia. As I tell my grandsons, their friends, and anyone else who will listen to me, If they are lucky one day they may be as old as me.
      And we can’t change how old we are but we can change how we look at life at this age. I’m planning on keeping my positive attitude until…..


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