This blog is written by Lee Gale Gruen to help Baby Boomers, seniors, retirees, and those soon to retire find joy, excitement, and satisfaction in life after retirement. Her public lecture on this subject is titled, “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement.” Her memoir, available by clicking here Amazon.com, is: Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class. Click here for her website: http://AdventuresWithDadTheBook.com
CHITCHAT: I will be giving free public lectures titled: “Reinventing Yourself in Your Senior Years” on the following dates, times, and locations (RSVP REQUIRED):
July 19, 2018, 10:30am, Covenant Village of the Great Lakes Retirement Community, 2510 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 (616) 259-0408, www.covenantgreatlakes.org/events
October 16, 2018, 1:00pm, The Holmstad Retirement Community, 700 W. Fabyan Pkwy, Batavia, IL 60510, (630) 239-1133, www.theholmstad.org
October 17, 2018, 10:30am, Windsor Park Retirement Community, 124 Windsor Park Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188, (331) 218-3637, www.windsorparkillinois.org
October 19, 2018, 10:30am, Covenant Village of Northbrook, 2625 Techny Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062, (224) 412-8421, www.covenantnorthbrook.org
Now, on to my blog:
My body is getting more and more uncooperative as it and I grow older together. Where is that gal who could ski all day and boogie into the night? Where is that woman who could travel the world, exploring other cultures from early morning to late in the evening? Where is that multitasking me who could work full time, raise children, run a household, and still squeeze in friends and fun–all at the same time?
These days, corpus meum seems to have a mind of its own independent of my thoughts and desires. Regardless of what I direct it to do, it does its own thing. It has cramped my style more than once. It’s so hard to accept that I’m no longer in control; I want a divorce! I’ll find a new body that is much more in sync with how I envision myself.
I’m in pretty good health, but small, irritating things are happening to my body. When I finally accept and cope with one, another springs up. When I think I’ve got everything pretty much under control, MB morphs and “wham,” it’s another change I have to incorporate.
Friends and acquaintances tell me the same thing is happening to them. What to do, what to do? Well, we can try railing to the wind and lamenting our lot. Dumping on anyone who will listen is another possibility. Hunkering down with the covers over our head is a third way to go. Unfortunately, those options only waste time and put off the inevitable of accepting and becoming comfortable with the new you.
New You doesn’t have the energy level that Old You had. NY gets tired more easily. NY doesn’t bounce back so fast from illnesses, upsets, or just about anything else that comes your way. NY can become a true PIA (pain in the ass). Nevertheless, NY is all you have, and you can’t go back to OY no matter how much you wish it, how much you try, how much you rail.
So, you have two choices: accept NY, come to terms with your aging body, and embrace all the things you can still do, or reject NY and be miserable. And remember, if you’re stuck in the latter, you can always switch to the former.
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