I’ve never thought of myself as particularly young or old. It’s not that I’m vain about my age or unrealistic. It is what it is and you can’t change it, so why worry about it? I’ve never been shy or coy about telling people my age either. As I said: it is what it is. No amount of lying or denial will change the facts.
However, I must admit to finding it very funny recently when dealing with the medical profession, all of whom ranged from a third to two-thirds my age, who kept referring to me as being THAT age.
“You’re at that age when you can expect things to go wrong.”
“You’re doing well – considering your age.”
It seems, once a person is THAT age, we can expect things to go wrong, pack in or generally give up. It was almost enough to make me give up.
No, only joking!
Never once did I consider giving up – I just found it funny and somewhat ironic, as Ron and I had not long completed a 160-km cycle ride in New Zealand and we were probably fitter than we’d been in years.
However, it was during that trip that I received a phone call from Breastscreen Queensland to say that they had found something suspicious on a routine mammogram I’d had just prior to leaving for New Zealand. So, as soon as we returned to Australia I went for further tests and the upshot was that I did indeed have cancer.
After two failed attempts to remove the tumour, I had to have a mastectomy, which proved successful in removing the cancer and I’m now doing well, powering on in my Buzz Lightyear moment: onwards and upwards!
But, what I wanted to announce to you all is that today, according to the government, I have finally actually reached THAT age, the one defined by the powers that be when we become officially over the hill, when we can expect things to go wrong and things to pack in. Though, even if any more bits do, I certainly won’t be giving up. I intend to defy it for as long as I can. And, although I am a year older, I don’t feel a year older – and I intend to get back to cycling and doing other active things I enjoy just as soon as I can.
To all my age mates and former classmates who either have achieved or are about to achieve THAT age as well, may all our futures be happy, healthy and long. More power to us and happy birthday to all of you, whenever your birthday may be!