I suddenly felt like I had aged well beyond my years. This was especially hurtful as I am excited about the prospect of getting older, watching my children grow up, achieving their aims in life and my husband and I fulfilling our dream of travelling near and far. But, despite my sentiments about growing older, all I pictured upon hearing the word ORTHOTICS was a walking stick and my croaking voice calling all the young folk, well, young folk and dearies! And, to add insult to injury these shoe inserts would have to be custom made and fitted into 'comfortable' shoes. Immediately my thoughts turned to my shoes and boots most of which are uncomfortable (some as soon as I put them on) but look oh so good. I have even managed to convince myself that the most uncomfortable of shoes will eventually mould to my feet (but usually the reverse happens...ouch!).
Later that day, after a chat about my predicament with friends (younger and older), I was quickly informed that my situation could be a lot worse. Orthotics, at least, cannot be seen and can be made to fit any style of shoe. We then got to laughing about ways we knew that we'd hit middle-age. I'd like to share some of these with you.
1. Listening to the radio station thought to be reserved for "the oldies"!
2. Looking to see if there is anything else to be done whilst bending over to tie up your shoe- laces...you might as well make the most of the effort that got you down there!
3. Needing to carry a cardigan with you everywhere you go.
4. Saying things like "in my day"...
5. When you and your teeth don't sleep together anymore.
6. Telling your children how you toilet-trained them when they were only months of age and yet they can't train their kids before the age of three or four!
7. Not being able to tolerate that deafening "doov doov" music in teeny fashion shops.
8. Saying other things like "this should see me out!".
9. When you have to hold a newspaper out at arms length to read it...even with reading glasses!
10. When happy hour is a nap on the couch!
How do you know you've hit middle-age?