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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

There are literally upsides to everything....

Yesterday this popped up in my facebook memories from two years ago:


I remember it clearly because my friends, who are younger than me, didn't believe me that we got the table because we were old. I had to keep arguing that the young 20-something man wasn't hitting on us, especially when there were all these young 20-something beautiful women standing around us that he could hit on...it was merely good manners. Showing respect for the elderly.

I guess as 2020 drags on, there's a lesson in there. Even though it's not what we want and a lot of downsides, there will at the end of it all be some find memories that make us laugh and smile in retrospect. There will be some upsides. I guess we need to try to focus on those when we can.

Have you noticed an upside to getting older?

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17 comments:

  1. When I started being offered a seat on the train or bus. although most who offered were my age. eeek so I went and got my hair done lol...Seniors pass...so travel on busses and trains is cheaper. Weekend is free. #mlstl

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    1. Yes, there is that moment when someone you thought was older than yourself offers you a seat and you think 'I was about to offer you my seat!!' hehehehe

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  2. Hi Lydia, I think you know my philosophy on ageing and for me it's positive. I think though that good manners should apply to everyone. There is always an upside to everything in life it just comes down to our attitude. Thanks so much for sharing at #MLSTL and have a lovely week. x

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    1. There is a lot to be said for a positive attitude...

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  3. There absolutely is an upside to everything! Love your attitude.

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  4. I love the (sometime) anonymity of being older. I get to enjoy people watching and taking my time over a coffee...eavesdropping maybe!! As for you...OLD? come on! Denyse #mlstl

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    1. Physically old, mentally immature....hehehehe

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  5. I've found that life is so much better when you look for the upside Lydia. There's always something if we stop the pity party long enough to have a look for it. I've actually found the whole covid thing pretty easy so far - and fingers crossed it stays easy (that second wave in Victoria is doing my head in a bit - the idiot factor is still alive and well!)
    #MLSTL

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    1. the news of 800 people who knew they had to isolate not doing so just set me off yesterday. Yes, the idiot factor is large in this country apparently.

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  6. I laughed at your "horror" comment, but would hope she was thinking, "Hell yeah, I want to be her when I'm that old." That's my thought when I see "older" women dong fun and amazing things. Pat, soon to be 60.

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    1. People actually say that to my face at festivals, and then pause before old and realise they're about to insult me in a backhanded compliment. Occasionally they have the wherewithall to change it to "When I'm your age" or "when I'm like you" but occasionally they just whisper it "old", like it's a secret and people won't see that I'm old if they don't hear it...hehehehe

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  7. I have noticed that people hold doors open for me- especially younger men. I also think of it as good manners.

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  8. My upside, is having learned a lot, gained a lot of wisdom that I wish I had earlier, but oh well. It is also being brave enough or stubborn enough to try some things I would not have tried 30 years ago.

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    1. That is a big upside. And not caring what people think. The things I didn't do or say because I was caught up in my head...now I just shrug it off...

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  9. I must agree, Lydia. There are upsides to everything in life--even the most difficult. As far as an upside to getting older, there are several for me...grandchildren being the number one, but also a self-acceptance, less need to please or be perfect. Oh, and more time to do the things I enjoy.

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  10. Love your attitude Lydia and I'm glad to see good manners in action. Looking for upsides is good for our mental health, especially at the moment (I seem to be using that term a lot lately). As for me, I'm much happier in my own skin now that I'm on the cusp of turning 60, andI love having grandchildren to play with, they keep me young. #mlstl

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  11. Absolutely! Many of the things I stressed and obsessed over when I was younger seem just ludicrous to me now.

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