I'm Not Old, But Who Would Have Thought!

| 8/26/2015 10:18:00 AM

Country MoonIt seems like we measure our lives by the milestones of each decade. You know, when you hit 20 you’ve almost made it to adulthood; reaching 30 brings the prime of life; you hit 40 and you start looking back a little where you’ve been and decide where you want to go; age 50 is still the big ONE; and hitting 60, well that’s just a whole other ballgame. I have a few thoughts on it since I am trying out the big 6-0 this year, like I have a choice anyway.

For me, turning 60 is like reaching that age that you never thought you personally would hit. It was always your friends, your aunts and uncles, everybody but you. However, it’s not really so bad because there are definitely some perks. Being 60 is the new 40. For one thing, that word retirement isn’t just a dream anymore, it becomes very real and puts you at a crossroads in your life. Retirement no longer means gracefully sliding into a life of doing nothing, but rather for many it means trading one career for another. You can say good-bye to that good job that helped raise the kids and put them through college, pay off the mortgage and a host of other things but at the same time was maybe not so much fun or too demanding. In its place you can work at something that feeds your passions that you actually enjoy.

Still, being 60 for me is a time at looking where I have been and looking forward to where I want to go. You can’t go down this path without visiting some of the changes that have taken place, some have sneaked up on me and some haven’t been so subtle. Here are just a few that have me thinking OMG!

1. Everyone has probably heard the country song “Where Corn Don’t Grow.” I’d be willing to bet there has never been a teenager who couldn’t wait to leave where he/she grew up and experience a whole new lifestyle. I was no exception as I couldn’t wait to get away from the farm and all the work. Now I love nothing more than digging in the dirt and writing about those who make their living from farming to feed everyone.

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