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So I am 60! --- Now What?

Discussion in 'Fitness Journals' started by Justitia, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. doordude42

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    Hello Dear. Miss me?
     
  2. Justitia

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    MISS YOU!!!! As soon as I saw your name on the end of my thread in the fitness journal list -- I just couldn't wait to click on to see what you posted!

    YES! I missed you! We all missed you!! Welcome back to posting... :nod:
     
  3. Justitia

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    BTW.. all.... Some of you may recall on my previous thread "Trek to 60" I was talking about some personnel changes I was hoping to induce at my workplace. Well I've been working at accumulating the evidence and setting the stage for 3 months. It has been a major part of what has been consuming me at work. Composing "perfect" e-mails to send to the right people at the right time.

    Well recently, certain things happened in a kind of cascading level ... and with my 3 month paper trail.... the time seemed ripe... so I prepared my little pack and put it together with some other stuff I had to talk to the dean about today. I left it to last... and measured my words carefully.. He listened and nodded... and then said, he knew about things that were going on.

    So there it is. I was able to leave in his capable hands. I know now he knows --- has full cognition that there is a problem.... and I know he will deal with it in an effective way when the time is right.

    And I don't have to think about it any more. I have done my duty. YAY!!!!! :jumping: It has consumed me and worn me out for 3 months straight. It was an extremely tense period for me.

    And now it's over... at least as far as I am concerned. I trust my dean to take it from here. He will make the best decision as to what to do. Even if it is not the one I would choose.. I always know it will be a good one and have a good, reasonable, reason behind it. That is such a relief to feel in my workplace in general. It just allows me to feel more relaxed and less paranoid. It allows me to channel my energy into 100% productivity. I look forward to doing that. :nod:
     
  4. Justitia

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    You are sooo sweet... :) But truthfully, as "new-age" as it sounds, I think a lot of this is just a matter of willing it. Willing it to be strong.. not to grow old... not to get tired.

    Maybe I am deluding myself.. but that is how I have always thought. I remember exactly when I made a commitment to not get old. (I will tell that story another time -- if I haven't already.) I mean, I've aged, of course, but I have not gotten "old." I watched while so many of my peers in their 40's "decided" to get old. You could just see it in their faces. Like they decided.. there was no point or interest in being out there and alive any more so they just decided to fold up and age. Maybe it is better characterized as: because they were older, it was getting tougher to do things that came more easily when younger. We all face that somewhere around our 40's. But then there is a decision to make. Do you accept that living to the fullest is more of a challenge and work with it? Or do you do you decide to pack it in?

    It is true it takes more effort to be healthy and with full vitality as one gets older...but it is doable. And even though that aspect is more difficult... the wisdom that comes with age makes other things so much easier... It all balances out.

    But you have to try to do it to find that out. You have to accept the limitations that come with age and learn to compensate for them -- not give into them. Accepting is not the same thing as giving into. Just as forgiveness is not the same thing as saying something is OK. Those are subtle, perhaps difficult to perceive, distinctions but they are essential to living a good full life.

    I watched one after another of my age group pack it in as they traversed through their 40's.

    And I have watched the few who chose to do the alternative. Gloria Steinem is one of those. There she was, on the stage at our conference -- a beautiful, striking, sexy woman when younger -- still sexy, energetic and alive-- and well into her 70's. You wouldn't know it. I walked with her from one building down the street to the next as I finessed her away from one crowd to the face the next. In the quiet walk in between in the night, I could sense her beginning to get tired. I mentioned, sympathetically, how it must have been a long day and she must be getting somewhat tired. She said, well, it was the end of the week and she could feel herself beginning to wind down. I didn't take cognizance of it then but I do now. She was telling me she was not tired from the day but tired from the week of travel. She had been all over the country that week. The day before she had been in New Orleans at Tulane University dedicating their first new building since the Katrina catastrophe. She decided to add this on to her travels for the week at the last moment, which delayed her trip to us. But after the festivities of the building dedication the night before, she got up and on a plane to Baltimore at 7:00 AM in order to arrive in time to do all the things she committed to us to do -- which went on until well past 10:00 PM in the evening. And our day with her was on a Friday. She had been doing this all week. So at 8:00 PM after several hours of talking with conference attendees, being a speaker at a private luncheon, giving an hour plus keynote address at 6:00 PM until after 7:00 and then signing books and chatting with individuals, young and old, who wanted to bare their soul to her and she stood there, listening intently to each and every one, until I intervened (when my Associate Dean had tried for nearly half an hour and could not) and extracted her from the crowd in a manner that left everyone still happy -- then as we walked in the night to the next gathering, the private dinner with the big money donors, where she was to be "on" for the next couple of hours with every individual from the President of the University all the way down the hierarchy and across the money bigwigs -- each one of them, also, wanting to bare their soul to her... Now after a week of this -- not just one day-- she was beginning to feel herself wind down.

    Now that is a woman who has chosen to stay fully alive and vital.

    I truly believe it is a choice -- and not just the luck of genes or whatever.

    :tu:
     
  5. Justitia

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    So I have recently revived my passion for Grace Jones -- one that went dormant for over 15 years because the first Cd versions of her albums were terrible transfer jobs and my car player in the early '90s was already a CD player.

    But now they have come out with some new editions and I just bought a 3 CD set Grace Jones: The Ultimate Collection

    Here are a few videos of her from Youtube... she is just incredible and so ahead of her time (if I have figured out properly how to do YouTube):

    Slave to the Rhythm <-- the video below is not safe for work -- the safe one is here: Safe Slave to the Rhythm but they won't let me link it here. The sound quality is not as good in the safe one.



    The two below ARE safe for work...

    The disco version of La Vie En Rose -- the only version of this song I love other than Edith Piaf's



    And a variant live performance of La Vie En Rose -- unbelievably powerful.....



    Another woman who has chosen to live fully and powerfully -- and without any restraints.... :nope:
     
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    Look at her canines in the middle video... you have to be patient as the disco version has a very long musical introduction.... which kind of fills you with anticipation 'cause you keep expecting her to start singing at the next crescendo but it is the music that hits those peaks... and then eventually she starts singing... and it is just incredible.... :nod:
     
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    I switch off between the two. When I am lifting weights I try not to do the elliptical because I find that it uses some of the same muscles as in deads and squats... it has a kind of "lunge" effect for me (though not as thorough as lunges themselves.)

    But the soreness I had was just from 2 days of treadmill walking. That never happened to me before -- which is why I concluded #1 &#2 in post above.

    I use to be a runner until a disc in m back started to herniate. I would get better after moths of careful nurturing and then go out for a jog and back I was -- bedridden or nearly so. It finally blew and I had two back surgeries to correct it. The surgeries left their own aftermath but I lucked out moving to Baltimore then b/c I got to this great PT (after several of the "best" in various cities failed) who worked with me 20 3 times a week for 2 1/2 years and basically healed me.

    But I can't run any more. 15 years after the first blown disc, I herniated a second one last labor day weekend and I haven;t been back to lift weights since though in the last several weeks it has been because work has been too draining to leave me with enough energy to start up again. But that period is almost over (TG!)
     
  8. doordude42

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    Awwwwwww. I'm flattered.
     
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    So happy to hear you're dodging germs and feeling better. Hate being sick!:mad: Also that the nerve wracking work situation has been passed on.:tu:

    It's also good to read your posts again, you definitely sound from your writing as though a great weight has been lifted from your shoulders. Whew!
     
  10. Justitia

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    :D ;) :)

    Yes, I realized as I posted all over JSF yesterday evening and last night and was reading everyone's thread (including your :tu:) to catch up... (though I have more yet!) that it was the first ime in almost a year I felt the leisure to do so. It felt so great!

    And I am back to my mega-post writings again ... and I started another one of my threads in off-topics -- which I have not done in a really long time....
     
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    :claphigh: I'll have to check that out later!

    Woo hoo! Justitia is BACK!!!:flex:
     
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    I loved your post about deciding not to get old. This year I turn 40, and while that's hardly even beginning to get old, I've noticed a number of the folks my age are falling into the trap of thinking that everything goes downhill from here. It's great to see that in 20 years, I'll be able to buck that mindset and keep being as young as I want to be! ;)
     
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    So now you're Sexy Sixty. :dreamy: :D
     
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    Pshaw... in 20 years -- you'll still be a babe... My dad just turned 90 and he still lifts weights. He started lifting when he was young -- age 70... :cool:

    Nice play on "Sexy Sadie", Richard.... :)
     
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    Being young must run in the family.
     
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    Yeah my mom is that way too. Both grandads lived to their mid 90's
     
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    I'm listening to the White Album right now (The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill). No kidding.

    I'm going to check out the off topic thread you started. Have a great weekend.
     
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    Any news? I'm sure you have more exciting things going on in your life! :D
     
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    :spank: :whistle:
     
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    OK -- This is it!

    OK -- this is it!

    School is over -- my last classes were Wednesday.

    Justice Scalia of the Supreme Court came to speak on Thursday and I had to attend his presentations and then go to a private reception and and even more private dinner. The Dean had a hard time to get faculty to come because Scalia and the bulk of the faculty are on the opposite ends of the political spectrum and many regardless of their political views feel that Scalia violated his professional duties when he did not recuse himself from hearing critical cases -- such as Bush v. Gore -- when the attorney on one side was a partner in his son's law firm. The appearance of conflict of interest offended many of the Bar, particularly the academic bar.

    Independent of political beliefs, I find it interesting to mingle with a Supreme Court Justice. I have with Scalia before and I will probably again. So I helped fill out some of the table space but there were a lot of empty seats.

    I took my students on a "field trip" to NASDAQ this past Friday. Most people don't know that NASDAQ's trading floor, Market Watch, is in Rockville MD and not in New York. Because the former VP pf NASDAQ's MarketWatch was a student of mine, she arranged for me to bring my class in for an inside tour of NASDAQ on annual basis. I've now established a relationship with the new VP, who arranged for a trip this year.

    The students love it -- First they have to go through special security clearance -- having to be escorted by authorized personal. Then they are brought into this high powered conference room and get a detailed description with Power Point slides et al of exactly how NASDAQ works, the different divisions, the self-regulation as well as regulatory agencies. Then they get to go on the actual trading floor -- which is all computerized -- NASDAQ stands for National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotient -- the term developed for computerized trading from decades ago. They watch the NASDAQ personnel monitor the trades, halt trading in certain securities they find suspicious, suspend trading in a company's stock in anticipation of important announcements until the market has a chance to absorb the information (like Microsoft releasing their annual earnings reports), etc. and NASDAQ monitors explain everything as they are doing it and what is going on their 3-4 screens. Finally, the students get watch all the frenzied trading activity as the market closes.

    So that was the last of my official class duties.

    PGC was here this weekend. Last Tuesday was his last class -- and now he is officially finished with teaching forever 0-- unless he wants to take-on some more duties when he is up here... but that is unlikely -- he is pretty burnt out on teaching after having done it for over 40 years.

    He came up too late Thursday evening to join me for dinner with Scalia (which honestly he was glad about -- as an ethicist -- he is pretty appalled by Scalia's conduct.)

    But PGC came with me to NASDAQ -- so I got him on the floor as well.

    Though I tried to stay on my food plan this weekend -- it was pretty much a lost cause.

    But I did shop for the week and today I am going to do my cooking. I started late in the day with cardio -- so I am already behind on my food schedule.

    It will take a while for me to get my discipline and rhythm back.
     

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