Fountain of Youth
This issue is all about ageing, so I thought I’d outline some of my own concerns (or white knuckle fears) about growing older by listing my pros and cons to ageing gracefully, or kicking and screaming as some would say.
Firstly the Cons:
The are both physical and emotional – aching body, deteriorating eyesight, tiredness, loss of energy, hot flushes (I’m hoping it’s because of the weather at the moment, but perhaps not?), grey hairs, wrinkles, sleepless nights, memory loss, no patience and not to mention the weight gain after only looking at a Tim Tam!
Pretty depressing, huh?
Now for the Pros:
Can’t think of any… THE END!
Now that would be sad. And although some of my close friends look at it like that, well, that’s just not me. A positive attitude is everything - make the most of what you’ve got. Be thankful for making it this far because lord knows a lot of people don’t make it to middle age, let alone old age.
If I knew then what I know now would I have done things differently … but then again, probably not. Every mistake I’ve made I have learnt from and every wrinkle - or character line as I like to call them – I have earned. My beautiful grandmother was an inspiration - she always looked impeccable, gave great advice and never complained. Some of her words of wisdom were: eat healthy, laugh often, go for a walk, smile at people, say please and thank you, treat others as you would like to be treated. Oh, and put some lippy on!
Even though we’re all busy looking after others – parents, kids, spouses, pets, etc. it’s important to make sure you take the time to look after yourself - even more so as you grow older. Colour those greys, if you want to, and have regular health check ups. If your body doesn’t feel right then be persistent and get a second opinion if needed. We often stick to our same doctor that we’ve always been to, year in year out, and sometimes they can get a bit complacent. If something is worrying you, get to the bottom of it. And don’t forget about your eye health in amongst all that.
If you’re over 50, your risk of dry eye problems is significantly higher. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) used to treat the symptoms of menopause may increase a woman’s risk of dry eyes or worsen dry eye symptoms, as will some medications, i.e. diuretics, heart medications and antidepressants. If you are in your 40s (or older) and are having trouble reading the fine print on things, get yourself some progressive lenses (from Eyewear on Pako, of course) - I did and I can’t believe the difference they make. I can actually read the alcohol volume percentage on the back of my favourite bottle of wine now! And if all else fails, grab a packet of Tim Tams and keep searching for that Fountain of Youth … and when you find it, let me know!