“I’m too old for this” was the phrase I often heard back in my home country.
But really, are we really too old for all the fun?
Having a chance to live in a country where the elders live with the average age of 85, and centenarians are considered more/less ordinary made me rethink about the phrase “I am too old of this”.
I mean, I was working with an 80-year-old (energetic) Obaachan (grandma in Japanese) to manage a cultural event — FYI, one time she joked “maybe people see me like a ghost because I am here for far too long” loll. Seeing ojiichan (grandpa) riding public transportation alone in Kyoto is something normal. I catch glimpses of trendy ojiichan/obaachan dancing to the latest tunes in Supersonic Festival, and shockingly heard a story about an ojiichan who pursue a Master degree in Kyoto University after his retirement, at the age of 60s, because it is one of his dreams. Further, I think one of my most remarkable was hearing a 70 y.o ojiichan saying “yes, I am going to hike Mt. Fuji (!!) with my grandchildren this weekend” like its nothing big – me fainting a little.
Aside from the population problem, we must admit that Japan does have lively elders. They take good care of their health, have cute sides, and remain very young inside. I think these parts are something we can learn one or two things from.
So, let’s stay young, healthy, and trendy together!! — just forget the “I am too old for this” thought.