Act your age – or not!

Posted: October 20, 2013 in Aging, Crossfit Lifestyle
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Despite the fact that this is a blog about – how should I put this? – “mature” CrossFitters, I don’t really think about my age much. I’m actually looking forward to turning 55 in December because I will be in a new age-group and we aren’t expected to lift as much as the 50-year-olds in the Open.

I don’t feel like I’m 54. Of course, I don’t know what 54 is supposed to feel like but I still feel like I’m in my 30s. There really isn’t anything I can’t do now that I could do in my 30s. I’m still running at about the same pace as I did in my 30s. I’m the same size I was in my 30s and I still cuss like I’m in my 30s. Maybe even 20s.keep calm

But the “age thing” has kind of smacked me upside the head the last could of weeks.

They made a commercial at my office and the rumor was they recruited staffers who were under 40 to be in it. Us “veterans” watched from our cubicles. We’re also downsizing again and the 55+ workers were offered an extremely generous voluntary severance package.

Then, some youngsters I know made some nasty comments on Facebook about a photograph that one of them shot at the beach of some random elderly woman in a bikini (she actually had a great body but, like me, has gravity-impaired saggy skin).

Seriously, who cares if appearance trumps experience in a commercial? I didn’t see the voluntary retirement package as “ageism” but rather finally getting recognition and appreciation for all of my hard work.

But the Facebook posts about the woman in the bikini really bothered me. I realized that for some people, age is not something to be proud of. It’s something to be ashamed of, mocked and covered up. It really stunned me because for me, age is a state of mind.

You know how when you read a newspaper article and it says someone’s age, “Jane Doe, 54,” and you get an image in your mind of a 54-year-old woman? Well, I don’t look or act like her. I’m just me. Truthfully, I see my age as a bonus: I get to say stuff to people that I would never have said to their faces when I was in my 30s. Sometimes people actually listen to me and pay attention to me like I’m wise or something.

I don’t like the wrinkles, saggy skin and gray hair that comes with age. These are the only things that bother me about aging. Physically – and mentally –  I’m still a kid. I like to play. I’m just a player who has been playing a lot longer that most folks I WOD with.

I’m not in the commercial and I’m not taking the very generous buyout. But I will keep wearing my bikini. And if I catch you making fun of me on Facebook I will seriously mess you up, grasshopper.

  1. Gretchen says:

    Were you in my head? I think the exact same thing all the time. I’ve just turned 59 (started when I was 54) and try work out three times a week.. Even though I have to scale every WOD, I’m pretty proud of what I am able to do,esp when it feels impossible. My Deadlift PR averages between 205-215. My sister at age 67 just started Crossfit, the box she joined is going to work one on one with her until she can join a regular class. She’s hooked! Age is just a number.

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