In general I’m not an angry person. I’m fairly even tempered and have a more half-full than half-empty perspective. However, even I have my buttons and my limits. So, let’s get this over with right off the bat. AARP stop sending me your membership information!!!! This has been going on for over 11 years! Here’s a little secret – I am NOT RETIRED. And I am most definitely NOT A SENIOR. (Ok – starting to feel just a little bit better.) Next, if you are reading this post and one day happen to ask me on a movie date (like that is going to happen!), and you happen to be younger than me, and you are purchasing tickets for both of us, don’t you dare ask for the senior price for my ticket. If you do, the best you can hope for is absolutely no conversation for the rest of the evening (maybe ever) and the worst…who knows (use your imagination)!!! Finally, I want you to picture this. I’ve just been to bootcamp so I’m feeling pretty good about myself. I decide to stop by my favorite local Einstein’s when the cashier automatically gives me a SENIOR DISCOUNT. Dear cashier – how old do you think I am? 50, 55, 60, 65? My “feel good” buzz is now totally evaporated and, once again, it’s all about my age. THANKS A LOT EINSTEIN’S!
Here’s my wish – one day I won’t feel defined by my age – that my age won’t be the first thing that people think of when they see me. I will be like a beautiful mosaic with many pieces, only one of which will be the number of years I’ve been on the planet. I’m not there yet but I’m determined. And I know that I’m the one who needs to make this paradigm shift. I know….