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Getting too old? For WHAT?

Friday, March 22, 2013

This morning when I read OverworkedJanet's blog, she used the phrase "I'm getting too old for this!" It resonated with me because I have used that phrase myself several times since the onset of the current work project.

What Janet was referring to was 12 hour days and scrambling through an urgent work situation. What I was referring to was the size of the work effort and what it will take to bring it in anywhere close to on schedule. I was thinking of all the "mandatory unpaid overtime to meet a date" bludgeons that people have hung out there as what, fears? Threats? I have strong memories of projects worked under those kinds of conditions... when I was younger and willing to sacrifice my body and my health for the sake of the puzzle.

Bottom line, YES, I am getting too old... but for WHAT? I am getting too old to NOT take care of my body! I am ALSO too old to either cower under the implied threats or pout and be passively aggressive. Those would be childish responses. Turning the feelings inward and compulsive eating would be comparable to an alcoholic drinking over the situation, or an addict getting high. If I'm NOT taking my walking breaks, the vending machines tend to call my name.

So, yes, I'm too old... no, let's make that too WISE to respond that way. I shall do what I can and take care of ME... because only then can I do my part. My PART, not the whole thing. And that is what I can expect of me... WISE behavior!

We can do this, Spark-friends. And while it's hard, it is so very worth it. As are WE!

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  • OPTIMIST1948
    I love this sentiment!
    1795 days ago
    Excellent. Your health must be a priority.
    1795 days ago
    priorties are so important
    1795 days ago
    I worked PT at an insurance company years ago that occasionally would have mandatory OT. Now everyone in our area (proofreaders) were PT, so we were just asked to work some extra hours. Not a big deal, was maybe like 5-6 hours on top of the 20 hours most of us worked. I did an hour a day extra, no sweat.

    One young college student did not work the extra time and no one really seemed to get upset. (We were not really under the gun) We were not paid for it unless we worked it. A few months later he decided to quit and he was asked when he was going to work those missed OT hours before he left. He never worked them and it seemed to through the supervisors in a tizzy.

    Must have messed up their budget or something pretty bad. in stead of saving money they wanted to spend it to make everything look all nice and pretty.

    1795 days ago
    With age comes wisdom but why does it take so long to get here? Stick to your guns and don't let anyone push you into unhealthy choices. Have a great weekend. HUGS!
    1795 days ago
    I agree that being too old for something really does mean that you are too wise to put yourself through it.
    Great blog!

    1795 days ago
    I love this blog! Excellent job!
    1795 days ago
    Another way to look at it is we are becoming old enough to realise that almost nothing really matters. Seriously. I have seen some terrible things and just thinking about them puts everything else in perspective.
    1795 days ago
    As my 50th birthday is coming incredibly close...I prefer the too wise! emoticon
    1796 days ago
    Very wise!
    1796 days ago
    Like it - too Old = too Wise

    Sorry for the pressure particularly with the 'delay' in spring weather.
    Namaste my friend.
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  • GABY1948
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    1796 days ago
    "To Wise"! Yes we are to wise to let otherthings stand in our way of being healthy. We have learned our lesson and we know better now. Great blog, Barb. Keep pushing, you will get through this project, by doing your part with your health and you head held high. emoticon
    1796 days ago
  • DALID414
    I've used the phrase even in my early 20s! Too old to feel like a scolded child, too old to feel bullied....
    1796 days ago
    emoticon in making the choice to take care of yourself. emoticon
    1796 days ago
    I really love this blog because of it's trueness. Too old doesn't mean not young enough to take the beating, it means doing what you should have done a long time ago. Take care of yourself first, and the rest will get done. My last job was froth with this kind of overall beating of it's employees, and it ended up kaput.
    1796 days ago
  • ANDI571
    I love love love the statement, I am to WISE. Let's get that negative word "old" out of our vocabulary. emoticon
    1796 days ago
    emoticon We are Too Old to take Our Health for granted, We are Too Old to be Bullied and we are Too Old to believe that We Are Indispensable to The Job. And those are ALL Good Things! I am going to enjoy being Older & Wiser!!
    1796 days ago
    Since we are older and wiser, we know that some things just aren't worth risking our health for. When we were younger, we thought we could/should do it all. Dealing with stress is tricky, but I always remind myself that if food isn't the problem, it isn't the answer either. Good pep talk, Barb...stay strong!
    1796 days ago
  • KANOE10
    It is hard when you feel pressure to perform. You are right. Be wise and take care of your body. We are never too old to work on staying healthy!
    1796 days ago
  • 1935MARY
    To old for this. We say this allot, but you are right. What are we to old for? I can name one thing off the top of my head, to old to bear children, but I have already accomplished that. lol. I am not to old to lose weigh, it just takes me longer, not to old to learn new things, not to old to have fun. I am older, but I am not dead. I can accomplish most any thing, at least try. I may never have the body I had when I was younger, but I can have a better, healthier, smaller one then I have now. I am worth it. We all are. emoticon
    1796 days ago
    Well, I might be considered in the "old" category too (at age 59), but I consider myself wiser, too Barb. Wiser in that I have learned ways to deal with stressors that DON'T include food. That is huge. And probably more importantly, to stick up for myself -- not aggressively, but assertively. So, that's a good thing! That's a good lesson to have learned.

    1796 days ago
    Absolutely agree: we're too old to be bullied!

    And since I'm my own boss: I'm too old to bully me!!
    1796 days ago
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