Growing old gracefully #MondayMusings

” Ma’am, are you a Senior Citizen ? ” the bank officer would ask me anytime I stepped into the bank to make a deposit

“No, but do I look like one ?” I used to retort , extremely offended by this remark.

” No , No ” he would mumble apologetically, ” just you get more interest ! ”

“What?” I would ask in mock surprise.

Well for just a measly half percent I certainly wasn’t willing to get grey haired and crinkled. But of course time marches on and on Monday I woke up as a Senior Citizen.

I always knew I would reach this age but with some class mates and contemporaries falling along the way, I would get the occasional doubts : was that sharp shooting pain in the left arm anything alarming ? Was the sudden drop or energy, the excruciating pain, the unexplained palpitations any signs of something sinister happening in my body?

Luckily it was nothing other than normal signs of ageing. So I continued adding a pound every year , some wrinkles to my skin, ridges on my nails and grey in my hair that was growing thinner and frizzier each year. Yes, with my shoes becoming flatter and more sensible, my hearing difficult and my clothes shapeless and comfortable, I have slowly but surely become older.

All of yesterday I got messages from my friends wishing me for my birthday and advice that 60 is young.

Another friend told me that 40 was the oldage of youth but 60 was youth of  old age.

Yet another agreed with me that at 20 we thought 40 was unimaginably ancient.

Some said that I had a lot to be thankful for.

Yet others wished me a stress free year .

All in all it was a wonderful celebration of growing old in the company of family and friends .

60 is liberating- more than 40 . You are more comfortable in your skin. You have come to terms with your reality . You have made peace with most of your dragons and you are in cruise control mode.

Most of my friends who are approaching this milestone birthday are radiating a different kind of calm- an aura of contentment.

Most of them have been there and done that. They have either achieved the goals they had set themselves or accepted the fact that they are never going to do so .

And they are truly living in the now. Some are in better health than they’ve ever been. Some are in better shape than they ever were.

Do you think 60 is the new 40 ?

Looking forward to your views on growing old .

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Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!


  1. Hey, Sunitaaaa…

    I have heard that 60 is the new 40, so stress not.Not that I have any advice to offer you…I will turn 45 this June and have a long way to go before I learn some more lessons from Life.
    But, I hope you have fun, as you always do, and enjoy every moment! I so love your attitude, you know? Wish some of it could rub off me!
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    1. You are such a live wire yourself Shilpa! No worries . I’m sure you’ll be a rocking 60. I had a super birthday celebration and plan on celebrating all year long !

  2. Congratulations and many happy returns of the day Sunita! A fellow Aquarian I see 🙂 I also find myself calmer more adjusted as I grow older but also willing to take chances, and do something my 20 year old self would have been horrified at. Like writing fan fiction 😀 Cheers to you.

  3. Happy 60th mum! All I can say is you don’t look a day over 47, you are much calmer and more pragmatic than I’ve ever seen you.

  4. I turned 56 a couple of weeks ago and while I wish I had the strength, flexibility and stamina I had at 20, I’m the happiest in my own skin than I’ve ever been! Age definitely has its advantages!

  5. Belated Birthday Wishes Sunita. And it is lovely to be 60 and to know and speak your mind :). I am in my 40s and I already feel so good as the kids have grown up, career is stable, life is set. I remember seeing my mom at the same age and I had thought she was old at that time as I was a teenager. I guess I will feel the same when I reach 60. Always young at heart.
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  6. I believe in the adage that age is just a number. Its how you feel on the inside that really matters. Trust me I have seen and met 40 year olds who are far more older than say a 50 year old. Its the attitude and the zest for life that defines our age – fitness ofcourse is a handy play in this and I would stress on that for all ages; not just 40 or 60….
    I am a 40 something and I find your verve for life pretty neat – you seem to be living it up what with cooking such elaborate lunches, etc- I love your writings, travel and cooing over your grandschildren- you seem to have found the mantra!!
    So keep rocking it Sunita – you are doing it gurl!!!

  7. Belated birthday wishes Sunita. My mom turns 60 is 3 years and I must ask her this. Looking at her I do see many unfulfilled desires and a life spent in sacrificing a bit too much for others. I certainly don’t want my 60’s to look like this. Right now at 33 I feel fulfilled and it’s Avery rewarding phase in my life where personally as well as professionally I feel confident, motivated, accomplished and loved .. self love is at the peak
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