They say that women were not designed to live much past 40 years from evolution point of view (hunter/gatherer era, more interesting hypothesis and research here) which makes sense as otherwise you would think that women would have eggs for reproduction enough to last 80+ years when the life expectancy for women in Finland is for example 85,1 years according to Worldometer. Now our storage is depleted by the time we are around the age of 50 and last egg specimens before that are virtually unusable and defective anyway.
So I don’t think our ancestors had to worry so much about this topic of getting older or the symptoms of it as they never reached the age that we now call “middle age” for women. This topic has though become very apparently a permanent part of my life so I thought I’d share my thoughts and notes on the jolly progress.
Everyone is different and things happen in different time to us due to that fact. They say your body has “chronological age” (from when you were born to what age you are now) and “biological age” (what age you seem to be) and to the latter one you can make a difference with your life style. Anyway whatever way you calculate it, the clock is ticking and aging will catch up with all of us eventually sooner or later and it definitely has caught up with me!
How do I know it?
Hmm well let’s start with a list. Recognize any of these symptoms?
- Your brain is continuously stuck in a fog as if you had a few too many glasses of Australian Barossa Valley Shiraz (and you haven’t had a drop!)
- You start avoiding looking at your mobile phone in public places because you don’t want to dig out your reading glasses from your hand bag. You’d rather skip it than dig it…
- When listening to young adults talking about how their mother did “this and that” you realize you could be the mother they are talking about!
- Everyone with a pram or a baby look young enough to be your child…
- Trampoline and you simply do not get along anymore
- Stepping on an ant will make you dig out a tissue
- Sleeping in the fridge could be an option
Accepting the fact that I am getting closer to 50 than 40 has been hard and since this topic is not that much discussed in general I decided to share my thoughts, findings and solutions on the matter that have worked for me. Besides it’s so much more fun to grow old(er) together than alone! The more the merrier so let’s share our ideas and thoughts on the matter ❤
Stay tuned and join the journey in Getting old(er) part II – Help me, I can’t see!