Last year I posted about turning 40. Well, yesterday I turned 41. Only one year older. Hopefully wiser too. But it is only one year. Quite the eventful year. Here is what happened after I supposedly went “over the hill”.
I got some aches and pains that I hadn’t experienced before.
I started to see a psychologist.
I found out my testosterone levels were low.
I found out my insulin levels were high.
The doctors don’t have a clue why. And I am getting tired of all the needle pokes and blood draws for so many tests.
Regardless, one thing that didn’t happen during the last year: I did not get old.
Someone tell the AARP. They think that I am now eligible to be a member. They have even started the email campaigns trying to get me to join. Today’s incentive…a free insulated travel bag. That must be for all of the medications that I will start taking to hopefully cure the ills that the doctors can’t diagnose.
But the best part of the email was seeing a picture of Betty White and a quote attributed to her that says, “No one does more for people of 50 than AARP.” That’s great Betty. BUT I AM NOT 50 YET! I am not eligible.
Sometimes I think it would be nice if I were. There’s nothing I want more than the bi-monthly AARP magazine and the valuable information about health, retirement and money management.
And I definitely want some advocacy working for me in Washington D.C. It’s not like I don’t get enough advocacy from my congressional representatives. Oh wait, I’m not sure I am getting that. Maybe I do want the additional advocates. What are you going to do for me?
Okay, there is actually one thing that I would like from the AARP without turning 50; travel discounts on air, hotel, cruise, and car rentals. Especially if I could get those benefits next spring when I am ready to take a cruise with my wife to celebrate 20 years of marriage. I could take advantage of those benefits all in one trip.
But alas, I am not 50 and not yet eligible for AARP benefits. And even when I turn 50, I won’t be retired yet…so should I really be eligible then? Maybe they ought to have an association for people over 50 that aren’t retired. Maybe it could be called USURPED (United Society of Un-Retired People Expecting Departure). At least that is what we will feel has happened with our retirement benefits, IRA’s and 401k’s.
So now I start another year. Time to get my credit report and start that year off knowing what my lending power is before it is usurped too.
Just another view from a Palmtree.