I haven’t been posting here very much of late.
You might be wondering what the hell I have been doing with all that time I’ve gained now that I don’t have to go to work. Well, I find that time passes much quicker than I would have expected.
A course or two
I completed a couple of online courses earlier in the year, one of which suggested some great strategies for aging well. And I’ve finally taken some of the advice offered – not something that I have ever been well-known for.
Firstly, I have actually begun to exercise daily to strengthen my body. Working out is something I have always tried to avoid, but these particular exercises are designed for older people and suit me quite well because i can do them at home. It has taken a little bit of practice, but I can now do the exercises without any major discomfort, so I feel I have made some progress. And I appreciate that if I don’t keep them up, things are just going to seize up.
I even bought a pass for our local pool and since the weather has been glorious here (I know, it’s supposed to be winter – sorry all you Canadians still enduring the snow in April) I have been spending some time doing laps and lounging around at lunchtime, reading by the side of the pool and saving lots of money on the vitamin D tablets that I didn’t have to buy. (If you are local to Sydney’s Inner West, you can get a 1/2 price pass to the Canterbury pool or gym, this week only)
Then I have had to do mental exercises as well. I have a daily list of online games that are supposed to keep us mentally active and help prevent us from having to live with dementia. And I do find that I get better at them if I play a little every day.
Don’t be unsociable
Another piece of advice from the longevity people is to maintain social contact. Yes, isolation leads to depression and can be a killer. So my weekly Trivia night and my movie with a friend day have become more of a priority. It all takes up a fair bit of time though.
Family ties of course are paramount, so I have just spent a week camping with my daughter and her very beautiful dog. Add a couple of days for getting together everything we needed, and another couple of days of sorting it all out when we got back, it kept me pretty busy.
A final piece of advice from the aging course was to try something new as often as you can. Well, long long ago I did learn to play the piano. It was so long ago though, that I consider music to be something new. While cleaning out a couple of cupboards I found a book of easy piano music, so down came my daughter’s old keyboard from the loft and yes, it still works. My only issue with it is that frequently I run out of notes, so I need to get a new keyboard that has more octaves. It’s amazing how time goes by so quickly when you are
trying to play playing. Now i have found out that I could plug the keyboard into the computer and play myself a whole range of instruments with MF Yamaha Audio. Forget the One Man Band, I can be a One Woman Orchestra!
So you can see why I haven’t had much time to post here.
When the weather cools down I will spend more time on the blog.
Do you find that time seems to go just as fast if not faster, now that you are retired?