Monday, April 3, 2023

We Are Getting Older

A post on one of my friend's blog set me to thinking. She was having a difficult time with getting motivated to do things, not sure about this slowing down we gals have to deal with when we get older. It's hard. We are so used to staying busy. 

I used to ask 'Lord, when is my time coming where I can sit in my rocking chair and not have to work so hard.'  Well, darn, if it didn't happen and now I am not sure I like it. 

Covid reset all our lives. It's hard to get back to normal. But, I will not let Covid and being cooped up in my apartment for 2 years define how I want to spend the rest of my days!!!! It's time to break free.

I love my friends that blog. We all are different in likes, beliefs, and age. Some of us have not reached that time in our lives where we wander around wondering what to do with the rest of the day. But... some of us have! 

I have spent several years reading books on 'staying positive', 'being happy' 'making the most of my life'. I love to collect uplifting 'quotes' from those books and any other source I find and often pick up my quote notebook and reread those. Right now I am reading 'Meditations' by Marcus Arileous (2nd century Roman Emperor) and if nothing else it is giving me a whole new way to look at the dying process. 

I wish I had friends (nearby) that I could share my quotes, thoughts, experiences with but no one is interested. I am one of the oldest ones living here and yet I am the one always pushing for things for us to do. I 'm just not ready to throw in the towel yet. And, I won't be until I am no longer physically able.

Oh boy, did I get off on a tangent!! Sorry. But, I see all around me, women sitting in their apartments for weeks just watching the boob tube or counting the cracks in the wall. Life has so much more to offer. 

I guess what I am saying is that we all need encouragement from time to time to keep on keeping on. And, what better platform than blogging? 

                                from the book 
                      "Women Rowing North" by Mary Pipher.

"Perhaps one of the best gifts we can give ourselves is to practice slowing down and doing one thing at a time."


  1. My grandmother always said, "You have everything if you have your health." Now that I no longer have my health, I realize what has been lost—the freedom to go and do. I love that you are the one thinking of activities and events. That is a ministry for certain. Many blessings!

  2. What a sweetheart you are and definitely a gift for those who are near. I hope I can be like you. My father in law passed in 2020 and he was such a bundle of positivity and a role model on how to age. God bless you and keep being you!

  3. Latane, I am with you. Life is too short and I like to stay busy and connected, too. It is harder to do as we get older. I have always stayed busy but Covid sure did slow all of us down. Hugs and love to you- Diana

  4. We are so lucky that you are blogging and sharing all the positive ways we can stay young at heart! It sounds like you are the "social director" with your community friends and they are lucky to have you. Keep doing what you do and have a great week!

  5. I like this post, you and I are thinking along the same lines in some ways. I meet a friend who is my age for coffee once a week, and enjoy women's Bible study at church where 10 ladies meet once a week, and keep rather busy. I also enjoy a relaxing day at home by myself to rebuild my energy. I like the Pooh quote, very cute.

  6. At 71 soon to be 72, I'm certainly not ready to slow down...If you're still physically able, Get Up! Move! If not, you shorten your life, considerably.
    I'm with 'ya Latane!

  7. Hi Latane, I totally agree with you on this. Still, I hibernate too much during the winter months.

  8. Great post, Latane. I count my blogging friends as true friends even though we may never actually meet.
    Keep right on motivating others to get moving!!

  9. I hear you, Latane! I'm slowing down. I do get outdoors, though!

  10. I believe my morning walk keeps me young and plan to keep it up as long as I can.
    You don't stop doing things because you are old, you are old because you stop doing things.
    You are an inspiration!!

  11. I wish we lived near each other so that we could get together in person! Thanks for your blog!

  12. You really hit a nerve here Latane - and it is a good post for we whom are no longer "Spring Chickens" as my dear mother always said! With my 80th looming later this year. . . . . . . . (how can that be?), thoughts of how long do I have, where should I go, how can I cope, whom will I still have alongside to look out for me etc. etc., are omnipresent. All, I have to admit, cause me some anxiety! Bob (83) thinks we can pick up and travel worldwide as we did pre-COVID, I have my doubts. We do have trips arrange for this year including one overseas to my home in England to see family, others are here in the US. We cannot drive as we used to - at night, especially at night in the rain is a no-no!! This is a game changer for domestic travel. We have family here but these days friends seem to care more about us! Wish we lived closer and could spend time together - you are always so positive about everything and I know we'd have a lot of fun together.
    Meanwhile keep on keeping on - if we come your way I'll let you know and we'll go out to lunch perhaps.
    We're working hard in the garden this week - painful but the outcome is looking lovely.
    Happy Easter dear.
    Mary in NC

    1. You have given voice to the thoughts floating in my brain at 2 am. It makes know I'm not alone.
      I guess we all have the same fears. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I have reached that age where I need to fill my time and keep busy. I can’t just sit and do nothing, it’s partly why I began blogging again, having deleted a previous blog. Now I like to walk when the weather permits, meet friends, go to the cinema, read, take photos, find my little moments of mindfulness. Keep on keeping on is my mantra. I maybe be getting older faster than I would wish, but I still wake up every morning and days shouldn’t be wasted. Love your post. Keep on 😊

  14. Latane, if I lived near you, I'd take you on some adventures! During the Covid time when people were so lonely, I prayed for them, it broke my heart that so many suffered so much loneliness. Our family and friends still got together and visited together, and it was still challenging not to lose heart. I love reading your blog, and thank you for the encouragement to enjoy life!!!


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