So John enjoys reading mundane posts. Well on the whole I would guess that when one reaches my age most peoples' lives are mundane - or if they are not then they would wish it were so. One of the plusses of reaching my age and ( at present) being relatively fit, is that most of the pressures of a working life have disappeared. Alright I have to walk with a stick but compared with many folk in old age that is just a minor irritant. I do have one major irritant, which I would have dealt with in my stride when I was younger, but it will eventually sort itself out.
But really I think the trick in old age is not to consider one's life 'mundane' - it is not called 'the third age' for nothing these days. Sixty is now called the new forty so presumably eighty is the new sixty - or that is how I am looking at it. So here are a few tips on how to stop old age being boring. Yes I know, there is one major fact in this. You have to have enough money to pay the bills and a little bit over so that money is not a major issue.
1. Have plenty of friends. Value their friendship,
make time for them, invite them round for a
coffee and a chat, or go out for one if funds
permit - or even for lunch. Search around -
many places now have special pensioners
2. If you are mobile enough then consider the
idea of a dog. You would not believe the
number of people I have met while walking
3. Join things. There is a thriving U3A in my
little town and it offers plenty of choice in
courses - in addition to an over 60,s club
(which is well attended). In addition there is
also a local Probus, a W I, several study
groups , a local Camera Club - I could go on.
In my experience few people come to you - you have to go out and look for them. I could count on my fingers the friends who call hoping to find me in. They are special friends who are dear to me and who know I am always pleased to see them and 'put the kettle on' when I see them on the drive.
The U3A class I have joined is my Book Group. We meet in one another's houses on the first Monday in each month, we take it in turns to choose the book and we meet and talk about it over a coffee and a biscuit. If everyone comes there are eight of us. This month's book, chosen by M, is 'Olive Kitteridge' by Elizabeth Strout - a
very good book indeed. Last month's was Elizabeth Gaskell's 'North and South' - also a really good read.
So my advice is - don't let old age get you down, don't let it become a mundane, daily trudge - as so many people seem to do as they get older. My intention is to go out, meet folk, do things (as Rachel does - it is lovely to read of her exploits- although I do realise that she is very much younger than me and can hop on and off a bus or a train and plan wonderful trips abroad (which I did twenty years ago but wouldn't attempt now).
And, like John, I love reading about what she does - her cats, her trips into Norwich, the classes she attends, the films she sees, the way she makes friends and the way she and Sue from Suffolk (also a blogger) meet for a coffee and a chat. It is these things that make the world go round, make one forget about Coronavirus, about HS2, about Boris's exploits, about what Donald Trump is up to. I leave all that to the next generation. Maybe that is selfish but this is really 'me time'. I make donations to one or two of my pet charities, I try to help anyone when it is within my power to do so - other than that I try to live life to the full and I do urge you - if you are over 60 and retired - to do the same.