Ronni Bennett at Time Goes By wrote a post about things she has stopped doing in her old age.
Well, I started thinking it over, and found that there were quite a few things that I didn’t do any more.
- I don’t write postcards, or letters. I have always hated every minute of it and even more going to the post-office to buy stamps and post the darn things. Just the same, I don’t send Christmas cards. Sometimes, when people send me one, I feel guilty, but probably not enough to force me to write one.
- I hardly read anything that isn’t a murder mystery these days. Unless I get curious about something that has been recommended to me. Not by critics, but by friends who know me and think I might enjoy the book.
I used to be a reader and to enjoy all sorts of books, but I guess I am not as dedicated or patient as I used to be.
- I don’t wear real shoes, or high heels. I haven’t bought real shoes in years. I only buy two pairs of TBS
sneakerstennis shoes a year and wear them alternately.
- I don’t wear formal clothes, I only wear jeans and sports things. I cannot even remember the last time I have worn a skirt or a dress.
- I don’t go to bed at set times. I am a night owl and go to bed when I get sleepy. Most of the time, it’s around 2 a.m. But last night, I felt sleepy at 12.30 and went straight to bed.
- I don’t get up at set times, except if I have to catch a train or a plane, and hate every minute of it. I have hated setting an alarm and having to wake up early all my life. It doesn’t mean that I sleep in late, just that I enjoy being awake and lingering in my bed till late on some mornings.
- I don’t work. This, I find is the best part. I can’t even explain why because I enjoyed my job. Both for all these years when I was a teacher, and the last few years when I was a webmistress. But I guess that what I really love is the having no obligations part of this.
- I don’t go to parties where there are a lot of people. I have always been rather shy and while I enjoy being with three or for friends, I feel uncomfortable at big parties, with a glass in my hand. I’ve always found it difficult to remember people’s names and feel embarrassed when I cannot remember who is who. Also, I don’t like noise much, and I’d rather be with a few intimate friends.
- I don’t dye my hair and enjoy having it grey and saving hours at the hairdresser’s.
- I don’t play golf any longer and stopped doing things like yoga, or jogging that I used to do. I stopped golf after surgery for breast cancer and stopped yoga when I realised that almost every time I got out of a session, my back started hurting.
- I don’t cook or invite people to my place for a meal. I find that shopping, cooking and cleaning up afterwards is too much work and stress for the lazy person I have become, and I’d rather take my friends to a restaurant where I know the food will be good, and I’ll enjoy it as much as they will.
- I don’t like taking planes for more than a couple of hours. I did it last year when I went to the US and enjoyed my stay thoroughly but don’t like the idea of doing it again. I’d love it if I could be beamed up or down to a foreign country and not have to sit in a crowded plane.
- I don’t make up. I still own lipstick and eyeshadow and powder but haven’t used them for years. Sometimes, I wonder why I don’t throw them away, or give them away.
- I don’t go on diets. I would love to be thin but cannot be bothered dieting any more. It’s something I have done all my life and I have lost and gained more kilos than you can imagine.
- I don’t read magazines or newspapers. I have a look online, at most, but most of the time I get angry at journalists when I do. So why bother?
You must be wondering what I do with my days!
Well, I take photographs, put them on flickr, read blogs, sometimes write a post for Vieux, c’est mieux !!!, my French blog, or one for Blogging in Paris, go for long walks, sometimes go to the cinema or to an exhibition, see my friends. And that is that.
Do I miss any of the things I used to do?
The answer is definitely no. 😉