• Thomas Corrao

Are Feeling Old and Being Old Two Different Things

Good Morning,

Overall this past weekend was a very productive one for me as I was able to install the rock bar steps on the Jeep, create a how to film on the Hooke Road product, as well as publish it to YouTube, and I still got some of my “Honey Do List” done.

Being a home owner comes with many chores and responsibilities. This weekend I had to cut the grass and then replaced some vents on the back of the house. These tasks seem simple and relatively non-strenuous but I’m a bit sore this morning from the weekend’s activities. I kind of want to blame it on old age but that may not have anything to do with it. It may just be my state of mind causing me the pain. You see, even though there’s still a lot of living to do in my life, I’ve had this thought in my head lately that I’m getting old. I think it’s because I’ve always had this perception that people who are retired are old and the closer I get to mine the thought just keeps getting stronger.

Michael Lynch - USMC Retired

A friend of mine Michael Lynch recently posted on Facebook about a French woman named Jeanne Louise Calment who had the distinct honor of having the world’s longest confirmed lifespan of 122 years and 164 days. She was born in Arles, France, on February 21, 1875. In 1965, when Jeanne was 90 years old, she signed a deal to sell her apartment to a 47 year old lawyer named André-François Raffray. Mr. Raffray agreed to pay her a monthly sum of 2,500 francs on the condition he would inherit her apartment after she died. (Probably the world’s first reverse mortgage) Mr. Raffray did not expect Madam Calment to live for as long as she did and as a result he not only ended up paying her for 30 years, but he ended up dying before her at the age of 77. Mr. Raffray’s widow was then legally obliged to continue paying Madam Calment until she died in 1997.

Madam Jeanne Louise Calment

Madam Calment once said “Being young is a state of mind, it doesn’t depend on one’s body. I’m actually still a young girl, it's just that I haven't looked so good for the past 70 years." Could it be her state of mind that helped her carry on for so long? I think I probably need to adjust my thinking a bit to be more like Madam Calment. My joints have been stiff and sore with arthritis for more than a year not. It’s been slowing me down some. The weight of all this Covid 19 stuff has also been taxing on my mental health. I know something needs to change because one thing’s for sure, the state of Wisconsin is betting on me only being around for another 15 or 20 years but I intend to get the most out of this life in retirement and possibly pull a Calment on them!

There was one particular quote from Madam Calment that really resonated with me;

"I have legs of iron, but to tell you the truth, they're starting to rust and buckle a bit."

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