In her latest guest blog Joanne writes about birthdays, ageing, multiple sclerosis and yes, attitude…
A couple of weeks ago it was my birthday. Birthdays are full of the usual things: presents, cake, candles, treats to name a few. They also give us a reason to reflect. This year was the first for properly thinking I was ageing. OK, ageing is inevitable. Slap on the face cream to hopefully hide those fine lines. Hair dye to cover up those annoying grey hairs. Think about diet and exercise (have you heard about Veganuary?) but premature ageing was my anxiety.
‘I shouldn’t be thinking about all of this’! I was screaming in my head.
I also read in a magazine (Good Housekeeping) that it is all about ‘attitude not ageing’and ‘being up for it’. Even on ‘The Crown’, the Queen and her Mum were discussing about ageing.
With little man having stacks of energy, and being a very young age, I have very little reserves and feel old. I’m ‘up for it’ but my body isn’t.
I live with my chronic illness. I have to deal with many ageing realities like poor mobility, falling, rubbish memory and peeing lots. How do you deal with these things happening when you should only be thinking what face cream to buy?
To be honest, I don’t know. What I do know is that many gadgets can help, but many look like they should belong in an old people’s home. There are a few design agencies (Enabled Design is one) that are trying to lead the change but the majority of what is on offer is stuck in the past. I don’t wish to look and admit they will help me, but anything for an easy life. You look for signs of MS progression, things worsening. I fell today. Reality strikes.
A new year also gives you time to reflect, put your life in order. New year usually brings resolutions. My resolutions was not to make any (you’re most likely to break them) apart from being kinder to me. That may involve many things that new year brings like exercise, diet, being more brain active but also realising that being kinder to me (whether it’s just reading that magazine) will be good for all, especially me and little man.
I’m probably still going to look into what face cream to buy but I’m on a mission to find gadgets that help with my “ageing” and don’t look like they belong in an old people’s home.
I’d love to know what gadgets you have ( it doesn’t have to be age related ones). Here’s to a happy attitude.