Friday, April 5, 2019

If You Do This, You Might Be a Geezer: E is for Energy


The word "geezer" used to apply to odd old men, yet lately I have seen it used to clump together anyone and everyone who might be in the "senior" category. Hey, I've been called worse. Today, in fact. Score.

My inspiration for my geezer theme is purely based on the observation that there's quite a few people solidly in the geezer category that don't realize it, though their mannerisms and habits have put them squarely in the geezer tribe. But there are telltale signs...

Do this test for yourself: think about an activity you did as a kid or a teen. Make sure it's something that was a bit strenuous but enjoyable; a pleasant memory. We all have these memories of running through the field or playing baseball in the backyard, right? Can you still do that activity with the same enthusiasm? Yes? Move on, this post is not for you. 

A few days ago, I mentioned Girl Scouts and camping in a blog post and of course, that started a conversation with an old friend about some of the fun things we did. With each memory, it became more and more obvious to me that I was sliding into geezerhood. 

For example, one of my joys used to be hiking and climbing (rocks, trees, anything...). So many of our hikes had a common but basic theme: keep going till you out-hike everyone else. Keep climbing till everyone else quits. Climb that tree, but climb higher than anyone thinks is safe. Do it just because you can. Do it for the feeling that you out-hiked, out-climbed, out-did everyone else.

In fact, that triumphant feeling was very close to the much more satisfying feeling I get now when I say "go on without me" or "that's sounds fantastic...I'M OUT." 

I'm experiencing a depleted level of get up and go and apparently, it doesn't show on my well aged mug. The exhausting invites keep coming.

My hobbies and interests apparently are those of a younger but sedentary person, because I find that my friends are mostly twenty years younger than me...some are the age of my own children. I'll listen to many of the well laid out plans of my much younger (and age blind) friends for various activities. It is clear that they are absolutely sure I'm all in...and I'm grateful that I'm considered "one of the gang." Personally, I do realize that I don’t really fit in...their youth is just part of the reason. The biggie is I'm much tireder (and I don't think that's a word, but I don't care) these days. My energy reserve is a shallow pool. 

These young friends say things to me like, “We’re doing a 5 K for cancer!  You’ve got to do it!!”   

Do they not know me?  I’m not sure I could do a 1 K…I'm equally pessimistic about all the other consonants…maybe I could P… Yeah, that sounds more like it:  You do the K, I'll do the P.  I’m your girl. I'll be in the crapper.

As for this or any 5 K, the notion that I must be part of it is technically incorrect, as I do not HAVE to do it. I checked with my lawyer, who also asked me to forget his private cell phone number, which I will never do, because I can tell that secretly he likes when I bug him, the weirdo. I don't have to don tight fitting sportswear and run, sweaty and flushed, to an undisclosed endpoint and no one can make me.


  • If you actually look forward to a nap...
  • If you get tired thinking about certain activities...
  • If you look at a snail and think, "he needs to take it easy..."

YOU MIGHT BE A GEEZER.

There seems to be a pattern of a certain blogger knowing a whole lot about being a geezer.


Check out some of the fine bloggers participating this month's challenge by accessing the master list on the Blogging from A-to-Z April Challenge website.

20 comments:

  1. "My energy reserve is a shallow pool."
    This is the biggy. I can still start to do a lot of things I did when I was younger. Just not nearly as long.

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    1. Exactly, and no one told my brain. I think I'm still 21.

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  2. I remember the feeling of boredom, probably caused by excess energies of youth. I never have that feeling now. Now, a day spent in a hammock with a book is a helluva good time. I might be a geezer.

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    1. When I hear kids say they are bored, I get irked. How???

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  3. I just considered putting the following t-shirt on my Amazon wish list: "I LOVE JESUS and naps"

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    1. Buy two! I need that! Might as well put the message front and center.

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  4. I tend to fight off naps rather than look forward to them, but eventually I'll succumb as I start thinking "I need to take a nap" and then zzz... I'm gone. Usually it's only a recharge of 20 minutes or less.

    My wife never wants to walk or hike or anything like that, but I do like to but I usually don't do it because I'd go alone. I'm more of a mosey kind of walker than a down and determined destination walker. I like to smell the roses (or whatever I'm smelling or seeing).

    As I neared fifty, a medical test revealed that I had an atrial fibrillation that was congenital. That explained to me why I used to get so tired doing strenuous activity. Now I wisely pace myself, but I still like to walk if I get the gumption to do it.

    Physically I guess I've always been a bit of a geezer.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Moseying is a lovely way to go. I've been dieting, too, and I feel like there's not enough gas in my tank...aside from being a geezer (ha ha).

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  5. Dang, I'm tired of just reading about those strenuous hikes you used to take!

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  6. "Energy" and "geezer" do not belong in the same sentence.
    Okay, time for a nap.

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  7. LOL I'm there with no running but I do have energy for lots of other activities so maybe I'm not quite a geezer in this category YET.

    Janet’s Smiles

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    1. After two broken ankles, arthritis and a bunion...no running. I earned my injuries and I'll just live with it.

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  8. 5K..like in run? Hahahaaa...that’s a big no! I never would run..I would run for a few minutes and then I would walk...little did I know I had asthma and no one believed I had sore joints when I was a teen. Yesterday I fell asleep for 2 hours in Midday so the snail has it right, just mosey along

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    1. I think my role in the 5K should be to wave at participants.

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  9. I turned 70 last year and was thrilled (go figure) but have to admit my energy level is dropping much more quickly than I would like. But hey, it's still better than the alternative!

    DB McNicol, author
    Microfiction: Eye

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