Fish Out of Water!

Every week I have a hard time deciding what it is I want to write about. The things I like writing about are philosophical quotes and/or anything funny that will make me laugh – well you too, but hey if it doesn’t make me laugh, it probably won’t make you laugh either and where’s the fun in that?

Lately I have been – how shall I put it – coming up dry. Or to put it another way and my sneaky way of writing an article and engaging today’s one-word prompt – “fish” – I feel like a fish out of water.

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Here’s the thing – I very seldom look to the news as a source to get my creative juices flowing so as to provide me with something funny to write about because – well, let’s face it, there isn’t much to laugh about today when it comes to the news. If it isn’t some nature made catastrophe (earthquake in New Zealand), riots on the streets, property being burned and destroyed, or film showing some innocent citizen being beat to a pulp, well, it isn’t news, and that’s just sad..

Perish the thought we should wake up one morning, turn on the television, computer, tablet, iphone, smart phone, or pick up the newspaper and see/or read something comical – you know something that causes us to just bowl over laughing. Call me crazy, but

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personally I just love to wake up and after turning on my smart phone (Sorry Apple but I am an Android user) read something wild and crazy or comical and the funnier or wilder, the better I like it.

It just puts me in a fun frame of mind and well, ready to tackle just about everything. So, now that I got your attention – I think today’s wild and crazy post will be about aging (we are old but we are not dead ……yet!).

How should we spend our twilight years? Well, I for one do not go for that theory that we should leave all our money to our children. (besides – what can they buy for $1.98).

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Nope, we are going to both use it and enjoy it – lookout cruises – here we come.

How can we do that – well, one thing we have to keep in mind is if we want to travel (one of our favorite past times), we have to be healthy. So, we will make it a point to do some moderate exercises (at the moment we are line dancing four days a week for at least one hour each day). Combined with shopping (spending money), we tend to average between 5000 – 6000 steps a day.

Seeing that I do not intend to take it with me, when we do spend money, we will buy the better product – after all, we want something that will last as long as we do. Thus we will begin to look at quality instead of quantity.

One of the things I have tried very hard to do since 2005 (the year after I had some serious health issues) is to not stress over the small things in life.

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We have so much we have to put up with in our lives today – no sense in adding more stress to those days. I am sure that those of you reading this will agree, we all have both good and bad memories -but the one thing that is most important is “the here and now!” How we feel each day when we wake is what will keep us going and I try my best each morning to think positively and only for what is happening today.

Earlier I complained about the news and the fact that what tends to be reported repeatedly is bad news – well we cannot control that – but we cannot bury our heads in the sand either. We need to stay up-to-date with what is happening in the world today. Stay socially active. I, for one, while I may not like what is happening in the world today, try my best to stay tuned in to what is happening because keeping in touch with reality and with people we know and love is also part of what keeps us going.

There is a lot of talk today about aging, senior citizens and so forth.

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Truth be told though, had it not been for people our age, we might not be where we are in the world today. Oh, I am sure the younger generation has quite a few ideas that are different from yours or mine but the fact is that believe it or not – they are the future. It is their ideas, skills, and will power that will take this world of ours in the direction of their choosing. And that may not be a bad thing. What we need to do is listen to them and their ideas and provide advice where needed instead of criticism. After all it was the wisdom and guidance of our ancestors that got us to where we are today – shouldn’t we return the favor?

One of my biggest drawbacks (other than being somewhat of an introvert) is that of not being a conversationalist. I am sure that I could learn more about how others in my situation are doing were I to open up more when in the company of others and I intend to work on that. But, fact is, were I to open up and engage in more conversations, who knows, I might find other comical things to write about.

Finally and one of the main reasons why I believe I have such a hard time deciding what to write about each week is that I probably pay too much attention to what others might be saying about me be it about my daily life or what it is I write about. But you know what, my guess is that no matter what I do or write about, they will probably do it anyway – so who cares. Chances are they have no idea who I really am or what my history is and what my life has been like so far.

My guess is that I still have a lot to write about and so who cares what others might think. Reaching the age I am, realizing what is and has happened to friends and relatives this past year or two makes me want to just enjoy each day to the fullest be it writing, traveling, spending time with relatives, or just goofing off writing crazy mixed up posts such as this one has turned out to be. Hope you enjoyed it.

So don’t be that fish out of water – go out and enjoy life!

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Until next time!

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About iglengel

Welcome to my blog: I retired in September of 1996 after twenty-five years as an Underwriting Manager (and one year with a smaller insurance company) and have written blog postings on the website Retirement-online.com prior to setting up this Word Press free site. Having retired almost twenty years ago I have experienced my own retirement transition. I survived and you will too. Oddly enough, now that I have more time, I am discovering various things about myself that I would not have imagined myself doing in retirement. Why does it take so long for, we as individuals, to stop and think about ME!? Join me as I share with you some of the shenanigans we have been up to since retiring. Retirement is and can be a whole lot of fun. Welcome to my site – remember – retirement is not the destination we are seeking – it is the journey! I encourage you to visit often, provide comments, ask questions and add your own insights. We are all on this journey together.
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4 Responses to Fish Out of Water!

  1. I can agree with all what your saying, great post. 🙃🙂

  2. Brilliant! Just Brilliant! loved every word of it.

  3. Irwin, i enjoy whatever you write becayse you make me laugh.

    Us young ones must never forget one day we wont be young…

    I am smart phone user to.

    I too am coming up dry with what to write

    But i guess thats the challenge.

    Young or old we worry too much what others say..we dont think that others may want us to hear what we want to say?

  4. Wonderful post – I can’t believe you’ll ever run out of things to write about. So much out there for you to share, like how to make the ‘twilight’ years one of a new dawn and discoveries. I look forward to reading more by you!

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