Dearest Esmeralda- There’s a line from, I think, Auntie Mame, in which someone asks someone else how old Auntie Mame is. “Somewhere’s between 40 and death” the person responds. My own personal philosophy is: You’re either here or you’re not. You’re either healthy or you’re not. ‘Young’ and ‘old’ are irrevelant terms. I took a trip to Greece a few years ago to see some of the archeological sites, most of which are up on acropolises above the towns. There were two women in their early 80’s who climed up every acropolis, and there were people in their 40’s who stayed at the bottom because it was too strenuous for them. (By the way, I, in my late 50’s, and my 68 year old friend, climed all of the acropolises!). I know from your vantage point the terms ‘young’ and ‘old’ seem very important, but as you grow older, you’ll see how unimportant it really is.
,,,”people in their 40’s who stayed at the bottom because it was too strenuous for them.”
Don’t be too quick to imply that they were lazy to think climbing was
too much work. In our mid 40’s (we are in our early 50’s now) there
were climbs we could not make because my husband has severe
osteoarthritis and had not had a knee replacement yet. I also have
arthritis and broke my back as a child, so can not do as much as some
folks twenty years older can do. They always look at me smugly as they
zip past on some trail (I still like to go hiking, but have to go slow)
and it makes me really angry to know they are thinking, “couch potato”.
At the other end of the spectrum are the two ladies in their mid
seventies who just bought their first harps, have begun lessons,
My point was not that the people in their 40’s didn’t climb the acropolis because they were lazy or out of shape, but that their (younger) age was no guarantee that they would be healthier than older people, making their age irrelevant.
I get the feeling that people are taking different tangents to reply the original question. Some nuances would help either in the question or in the replies.
I just don’t know were these answers are going…