You’ve done it!
You lived long enough to be called a senior citizen. Congratulations! It’s better than the alternative right?
Here’s your official cane. Now, I’ll walk you through what it means to be…a senior.
- You can accidentally (or intentionally) go to the supermarket with your house slippers on, and no one will even notice.
- You’ll get discounts at most restaurants, stores, and movie theatres.
- It’s your right to spoil you grandchildren.
- It’s your duty to spoil pets, especially little dogs that bark a lot.
- It’s easy to get someone to do your lifting.
- Clerks will offer to walk you to your car, and will put your purchases in the backseat, or trunk. You get to pick.
- Your children will realize you knew what you were talking about when your raised them. (Hopefully.)
- You’ll have more time to take about the good old days to anyone who’ll listen.
- The older you get, the better chance you’ll outlive your enemies.
- You have to retire your bikini.
Even with all the aforementioned perks, you have to realize that your body is falling apart, and you’re going to have mystery aches and pains. Old injuries will remind you of when you were young and active.
As for your memory. It may be slipping a bit, but that’s okay. There’s always lots of people younger than you with bad memories. It’s just part of “The Merry Game” as my grandfather use to tell me.
As It Stands, there’s no such thing as growing old gracefully. Grace has nothing to do with it.