Ten Things I Hate/Love About Being 59

JANEI’ll start with ten things I hate, but it might help to pair them up right away with the corresponding things I love!

1) I am turning 60 soon, and even though my dear friend, Nancy, tells me to stop whining about it, I’m having some trouble with that number.  It just sounds older than I think I should be at this point in my life.  I still feel like I’m 35 or, at the most, 40.

2) My knees hurt after I sit for any length of time.

3) I can’t read fine print.

4) My parents, and almost everyone in their generation–in other words, the people who inhabited most of my childhood and youth–are dead.  That’s what happens, I guess when you are the youngest in your family.

5) I’m finding most movies to be pretty disgusting nowadays, even when they are funny.  I worry (occasionally) that I’m turning into a fuddy-duddy, but I suspect it’s just that movies are running short on intelligent humor, high on the adolescent variety. But since I can’t stay awake for a whole movie anyhow, it doesn’t matter!

6) My children are grown.

7) I have lost a lot of the certainty I used to have that, no matter what, everything is going to be okay.

8) I am still working fulltime and see little hope of retiring any time soon.

9) It’s harder to lose weight than it used to be and much easier to gain it in all the unwanted places, where old ladies get fat!

10) Young people call me “Honey” and “Sweetie,” but they are not flirting with me.  (I am starting to be invisible.)

Isn't this a great image I found online?
Isn’t this a great image I found online?


1) I am turning 60 soon, which I regard as a sign that I really am an adult now, and that excites me in a way that only people who were the youngest in their families of origin will understand.  Besides, I hope to have a big party to celebrate, if I can get up the energy to pull it off!

2) Since my knees hurt, I don’t feel as guilty as I used to about not exercising–I have an excuse!

3) I get to wear glasses to read, which is something I have always wanted to do–like having braces or fainting or getting laryngitis–experiences that a well-rounded person just ought to have in life! (I haven’t experienced those other things on my list yet–although I’m ready to give up the braces and fainting.  I do still want to experience real laryngitis once–for just a short time!)

4) My parents are not around to see the world going crazy the way it seems to be doing lately, and they didn’t have to live through this Recession, which really would not have been fair to Great Depression-era people.  And my mother, true, dyed-in-the-wool Democrat that she was, didn’t have to watch John Boehner and Mitch McConnell on television!

5) There are still wonderful movies out there, and I still love going to see them, even if I do fall asleep.  And, my memory is so bad that I forget I’ve seen a movie, so I get to see it again, and it’s a brand new experience.

6) My children are grown, and they are all 4 of them good, thoughtful people with unique personalities, and I feel incredibly lucky to have them in my life.

7) Even though I have lost some of my secure feeling about things, I am also mad as hell and not afraid to say so.  In fact, I’m no longer afraid to speak my mind on pretty much any topic.

8) I have a job that challenges me, and I enjoy it, most days.

9) I may be fat, but I no longer care that much.  It’s just uncomfortabe, not embarassing or humiliating.

10) SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNTS make up for a lot!  They can call me anything as long as they give me those!

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2 thoughts on “Ten Things I Hate/Love About Being 59

  1. Great post! I can relate, having reached that ‘0’ birthday a few months back. Kudos for turning the negatives into positives. That’s a good lesson to learn at any age.

  2. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading your post. I am not turning 60, but 56, and almost all the things you wrote about could be my feelings as well. Jane, thanks for sharing the journey and making me feel a little more “normal”.

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