Thursday, March 23, 2017

Aging



Believing that I am not old

Living alone may have given me a warped perspective of my aging. Nobody around who gives me a perspective. When I think about myself, I believe that I'm much younger than I actually am.

There is a wall size mirror at 24 Hour Fitness in Apple Valley. This mirror is there so that club members may admire themselves as they exercise. Before, I did not pay much attention to myself in that mirror. But yesterday, I looked. And an old man stared back at me.

Kind of stooped over. Not standing straight up. Walking with a lack of youthful coordination.

Could this be the reason that I'm confused about not doing things that I used to do?

Too old to RV?




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  2. There is life after RVing. I sold my RV and now I'm spending 1-2 months a year aboard cruise ships and traveling through Europe.
    The cruise ship is like a giant RV, no packing and unpacking, you can take plenty of stuff with you, you meet nice people, the food is outstanding, and they have a fitness center.

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    1. And cheaper then a nursing home, I am told.😉😉😉

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  3. What Barney said, make accommodations. Those accommodations may be what RV Bond did or what Barney is going to do. Find and know your limits then make accommodations; none of us are getting any younger.

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  4. I'll be 82 in a few months, but in my mind I'm still 50. But I run up against the truth when I try to do various physical things that are nothing more than routine.

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  5. I have an 80+ year old cousin who still herds sheep in the mountains every day going about 10 to 15 miles a day. I admire her strength. She's jovial and full of energy. I think living a simple life has done here well, clean air, and lots and lots of exercise. After all we use to walk everywhere without cars, planes, trains, bikes, etc. Later people used horses but only if you could afford one. We walked and ran everywhere...I think that is good for us. We under exercise even going to fitness centers. We need to exercise all day everyday like we all use to back in the day.

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  6. I try to not look in mirrors.

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  7. George, you are a traveler and an explorer. I remember reading a number of adventures where you left the RV behind. You can make RV'ing work or consider other options. Keep exploring as long as you can.

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  8. One time I went to see a chiropractor. I noticed that the chiropractor had dozens of photos of Motocross racers and a few of himself riding as well. I reminisced of riding motocross when I was younger and told the doctor that I'd be hesitant to do it today. The doctor looked at me and shrugged and said "just ride within your ability."

    That advice was simple and true. Trips don't have to be far or epic to be enjoyable. I've mentioned before that your blog was a catalyst for me getting an RV and one of my most memorable trips was testing the waters in my own backyard by stealth camping a few blocks away.

    So. Just RV within your ability.

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  9. Personally, I think you should sell the Scamp and forget about RVing. In a few months you will be moving your big trailer to your permanent home in Jojoba Hills. You will have lots of activities, friends, and neighbors - and a whole new lifestyle. In the mean time, stop crying in your beer about getting old ! It happens to all of us - accept it gracefully and move on. Get involved in your community and if you want to take a mini trip - Rent a cabin and enjoy a little luxury. Get rid of the Scamp and quit living in the Past, get some meds for your depression, and look to the Future. Yes, you are old and if you are lucky you are going to get even older ! Best Wishes Always. 🌷🌷🌷

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    1. With that advice you might as well just give up. You sound like a bitter person.

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    2. I agree with living.boondockingmexico. Sounds like poster is suggesting old people should just give up! I have no intention of giving up RVing until I am in a wheelchair and cannot use my hands.

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    3. The only thing that Moonfly said that made any sense was about your depression; you might think about speaking with your doctor about it--there are so many positive things he can suggest, one of which could be a hormone supplement treatment for a short time after he does a blood test. There will be a positive impact on brain chemistry and energy.

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  10. Keep scampy and take trips within your ability for now. See how it goes and how you enjoy it. Don't do anything hasty. Enjoy life as much as you can but don't fret if things are different now. Life goes on and we need lots more of your posts. Looking forward to each one of them.

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  11. Some pretty negative advice here. There are lots of rvers in their 80s out and about. Sure, I see an older guy in the mirror at the gym every morning. But I keep the perspective that I want to be the healthiest and best looking that I can be. You only live once.

    Get out there and be the one that we will say led the pack and set the example. Whoever said it´s living in the past is BS. I´m going down with the ship. It´s not going down with me.

    Live to be 100 and you´ll probably surpass it but not sitting in a chair.

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  12. WoW ...... Moonfly 13 will shore us all up !!! No, all kidding aside, George, sometimes it is tough to get a true personal assessment..... especially as you say, living alone and not having a true frame of reference...... ageing is a very delicate balancing act ..... it involves among other things genes, background, experiences, and current medical condition ....... Personally, I feel you have to deal with activities on a trial and error basis ...... we need to evaluate activities on a timeline that is honest with our stamina........ it is not easy to do, especially if we are stubborn and unrealistic .......
    I like to make a project of it, we know ourselves best, it is fun to evaluate and drop some activities and pick up new more appropriate activities........ it is just the opposite of a kid adding activities as he grows up and is able to accept more responsibility........ we are on the opposite side of things....Hope this makes a little bit of sense, George !!!

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  13. Yeah, what Xplorer Steve said!

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  14. I think moonfly may be on to something.

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  15. I like what Xplorer Steve said too. I also use 24-hr fitness. I think those mirrors are there to remind me about my posture and to be sure I'm doing my exercises correctly...It's amazing what I think I'm doing, and then I see what I'm REALLY doing.

    I call self-doubts self-evaluation. Sometimes we need it before we take the next step.

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  16. So maybe you might want to try to change your RVing style just a bit--find someplace in a federal campground or on forest service land and stay in one spot for a few days. That would mean less driving, but still getting you out to places where you could walk around and enjoy the scenery and nearby towns.

    I can see where I am slowing down a bit and driving less than when I started out five years ago, but I am still continuing to travel--just less at a time and more resting between.

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  17. Advice for others is easy and cheap; I realize that. One can't be stuck in the past. Your travels with Tioga ten years ago was a wonderful experience, but it is over and won't happen again.Use the past to make your PRESENT the very best it can be. No one can live in the past or the future. We're all stuck with the present and must make the best of it. As others have intimated, you might have a tad bit of depression and might benefit from some counsel from a medical professional. All your long time blog followers want what is best for you.

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  18. Last time you were here at Jojoba at the same time we were, Frederika and I both remarked that you look great. I've known you for many years since we first met in that parking lot in Pleasant Hill, and I've never seen you look better and healthier. You are a 79 year old guy who not only survived cancer, but flourished by choosing to turn your back on it and embrace life; who works out three times a week; who is constantly trying to learn new things, and always endeavoring to be a better person. You are doing great; you are not making mistakes or bad choices - but it sure is hard when you have made a commitment to be someplace that you're really looking forward to, but have to bide your time in limbo until a spot opens for you. That sort of thing drives me CRAZY!!! It's so hard to make plans when you don't know where you're going to be, or when you're going to get there! But remember, dear Friend: This, too, shall pass...the day will come, and it will be great to have you here. I hope you love it as much as we do. No regrets here, and I don't know any of our fellow Jojobians who don't feel the same way - even when people have to move from here for one reason or another, they ALWAYS have a hard time, and miss it when they're gone. God Bless, George! Keep the faith! (PS: There are still wildflowers very near to where you are. Check online for tips on where to see them...). All best, P

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  19. Hi George- have always enjoyed reading your blog. I was wondering, did you have some kind of bad experience on your last Scamp trip? You seemed to be enjoying Scampy sooo much, now suddenly are having doubts-

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  20. Life is an ever changing experience. We are not who we were 35 years ago and we are not now who we will be in 5 years. I say do what you WANT to do not what you think you should DO. And if it's not something you can DO then do what you WANT and CAN do. My Mom is 92 I am always telling her to do what she still can do and let the rest go. Otherwise she is constantly beating herself up for what she can't do! More importantly enjoy whatever it is that do end up doing.

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  21. Just gonna throw this out there George, but every now and then you talk about politics and the way things are. I've always agreed with you views. Maybe you can re-invent yourself with a political/financial blog.

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  22. George, on days when you feel "too old" to RV, stay home and lounge around. On days when you feel "perky" and want to feel your oats, take Scampy out for as long as feels right. Nothing's written in stone, so just play it by ear. You're the best judge of "what condition my condition is in." Call it as you see it, ole fella!

    S.

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  23. We all have our philosophies of what to do as we age. I've been following many blogs of Fulltime RVer's for years. It looked like fun so I left over three years ago on a trek that I'm not sure will end anytime soon (I hope). When asked how long I will travel. My quick answer is as long as I can and as long as I'm having fun exploring new places. I have no answer to what I will do when I stop.

    Maybe I am trying to outrun the aging process? So far, I'm not too successful :( It's gaining ground on me. You're doing a great job staying ahead of the process and it sounds like you're having fun most of the time.

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