Being old is being frustrated, but it has its benefits
By julyguy1 | Thursday, September 19, 2013, 15:56
Being old is being frustrated but it has its benefits. (Peter, aged 80)
Much has been written and said about racism, sexism bur rarely ageism
One of the benefits of being elderly is remembering, remembering how it was compared with today and the many frustrations of many old timers who were brought up when virtues and common sense were high up in those more strict disciplined times.
But one thing that has not changed is how many of our generation are treated, and I am well qualified to comment having been young once myself and being one who often became impatient with the elderly, having no regard for their contributions to the world in having fought world wars and the like. Although, we were taught respect and good manners.
But I must emphasise there are a lot of younger people out there who do sincerely care for the plight of the elderly.
In my case no doubt it is true when they say 'what goes around comes around' because I am now one of those slow moving old codgers and have to put up with the consequences of those few who shove and push, nudge and tut-tut behind you in a supermarket queue. But generally the pleasantness of the very patient cashiers offset the nasty thoughts. Like most bus drivers do having to regularly show us how to use a bus pass.
I think what is really the main factor concerning ageism is when you know you are being assumed to be one of those who 'can't help it, it is just their age and without trying to be paranoid this happens to me several times a week.
You can't always generally put your finger on it, but you know it's there. When you have a complaint or maybe a suggestion by way of making it safer for the elderly to cross the road, you may as well be talking to the proverbial brick wall. I generally find that rarely do the younger and more energetic folk understand the dilemma of older people, the disabled too and that is the problem.
Often pedestrians struggle to walk narrow pathways, close to fast roads, because residents fail to maintain their hedgerows.
I, supported by a number of local protestors, have been trying to get a tree removed which is blocking the pedestrians view locally when crossing the road but they cannot see the problem.
Even a local senior newspaper reporter says that he drives past the area every day and cannot see the problem.
When I strive to invite them to come and have a look-see themselves, so that I can clearly show them the problem of tackling the blind spot with elderly limbs they do not respond.
Trying to get through to those in authority regarding the imminent dangers to our generation, that we just can't rush and tear about like they can, is something I would like to do before I die.. I guess most are not accustomed to walking and the dangers that can arise. Like being bumped into by impatient mothers with pushchairs, intimidated by pavement riding youngsters (and not so young) on bicycles, skateboards and the like. It can give you a real shock the way they sometimes whiz by you.
But that is how things are now, cars park on and damage pavements having no idea that pedestrians still use them, that many , even though in the minority, choose not to drive the steel box on four wheels.
I guess us old timers have no alternative than just to put up with this vastly changing world and thank our lucky stars we still survive - and be grateful for small mercies - I believe we had a much better life in the second half of the last century
After all we are said to be the only generation ever to have experienced so many rapid changes, many for the good of mankind but others, well each to their own!