is my birthday. I’m 65 years old, and officially a senior citizen.
first thing I noticed about growing older was that Death stopped being
an abstract concept and became a concrete reality (I've heard other seniors say this as well).
second was loss of stamina. I can no longer go 18 hours, sleep for
6 and then get up and do it all over again. Expecting to have the
same energy at 65 that one has at 30 is ridiculous.
loss of certainty about future health. I recently found out I have
arthritis. That’s not a big deal, I know, but still. It wasn’t there last
year. Will there be something else next year? What about three years
from now? Five?
thing I definitely don’t like is hearing how '60 is the new 30'. It’s not.
60 is the new 60. While people are definitely living longer, no one
is living any younger.
bodies are still aging at the same rate the they always have. Expecting to be able to have the same energy at 60 one had at 30 is not realistic at this time.
I feel OK about being a senior citizen – at least today.
former Sonoma Inn, an SRO (single-room occupancy) hotel built in 1912
finished its remodel last year and has re-opened as a hotelre-named Calista SF.
first thought the remodeled building was one of those tiny, embarrassingly-expensive
“efficiency unit” apartment buildings, but no – the new owners
wisely kept it a hotel, although a much nicerone than