I counsel clients all the time about getting old. Try to think about the positives of getting older and the benefits that come along with age. The AARP discounts on catheters and raised toilet seats, discounts when you go to the movies at 9:00 in the morning, and the Piece de Resistance, the Early Bird Special, where you go to dinner at 4:00 in the afternoon and save 10% on quarter portions.
So, with all this wise counsel I now see, that I am who I counsel. The senior, the “Oldster” or any other name the bag boy calls us at the market.
I’m stunned! When did this happen? My week is now filling up with doctor appointments. If someone wants to go to lunch or make some social engagement, I have to double check that I don’t have a doctor’s appointment before committing to anything.
When clients start talking to me about these same issues, we both became philosophical.
When we were young our day consisted of school. When we got older, our day was all about work. When we had kids, our day involved activities. As we have ripened into seniority, our day is nothing but doctors.
The good news is that we are still here, vertically. Yes, it’s inconvenient to spend time being poked and prodded, asked the same questions, and to me, the most irritating, filling out the billing questionnaire every time I’m in the office.
So, what words of advice can I give to my clients and myself? It’s part of our life now. We don’t have to chase kids around the house, or change diapers (not yet anyways). We don’t have to commute long distances to get to work, and we don’t have to run to every activity our kids are in.
So, let’s just go to the doctor and put a little bit of a smirk on our face -It really could be worse.
Take my advice for what is is… It’s just AS I SEE IT.