Agenda

As you plan for a healthy, happy old age, what’s your agenda? If you could do one thing that made a difference, change one habit, what would it be?

These are the tasks that I set myself to complete in 12 months, ending 24 February, 2016. Some of them proved more difficult than I expected. But that’s OK. Fact is, some of these lifestyle tweaks go on forever!

  1. Upgrade apartment for old age
  2. Get finances in order
  3. Cultivate the hobbies you love
  4. Make two new friends this year (and every year)
  5. Establish an exercise regime
  6. Audit eating habits
  7. Learn a new skill
  8. Cultivate meditation techniques
  9. Banish old-lady voice
  10. Be who you are
  11. Align happiness factors
  12. Come to terms with old age and death

Legacy of my 12-month boot camp for the bonus years

I still haven’t got my finances in order, but I’m working on it — indeed I’m suddenly in a hurry to sort them out.

But by far the most excruciating challenge is number 12. Over the last year I’ve read shelves full of books and articles about aging, enough to finally see my own inner ageism. There it is, an ugly lump of prejudice against old age and old people, which is, by definition, prejudice against myself.

I’m expecting to think and act and write a good deal about ageism in the next year or so, at least until my thinking is straight and I feel I can be who I am with pride and happiness: an old woman.

 

10 thoughts on “Agenda

  1. Dear Rachel…. I came across your blog by accident ( Sorry) when you were replying to the lovely Malaysian boys blog re IELTS… saying you used to teach at the school there. As I have just ( a few days ago) returned from KL…. my interest was aroused. Also, even more interestingly, I was only in KL because I had been to New Zealand for the New Year. So, look at all these tenuous links!

    I have spent a very enjoyable 15 mins reading your blogs and how they made me chuckle. What a skill you have in making life amusing. I love your lists… ( can I be one of those new friends?) and I am going to read more of them. Are you still in NZ now?
    My God having read this back I seem like a sycophant…but I am not really… more a ballsy cow
    Anyway point of this is that its a bloody good read – and so I thank you
    Be interested to know more about your life working in Malaysia as well

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    1. Hello hello! What a heap of coincidences! Except one I must correct: I’ve visited Malaysia quite often but not taught there. I’ve taught at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto, done some corporate training in China and Singapore, but in KL, I’ve just visited my friend’s school (ELIT Language Centre). Yes, I live in NZ now — and no way did you sound sycophantic. Let’s keep in touch, my friend.

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  2. Onwards and upwards indeed! I have one more for your list: stand up straight (lucky 13!) There’s nothing more demoralizing than catching sight of yourself in a shop window bent over – difficult with the aches and pains, but it helps with morale! Pleased to meet you, and thanks for the follow. Marina

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  3. Oh yes hubby (already “chilling” in his relatively young retirement) and I are in the same position. We are sorting it all out and making decisions. It is a challenge to coordinate our bucket lists but we are getting there!

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