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I like getting up before the sun, too. Did this all the time my children were growing up. They were the first ones to be picked up by the school bus. I don't burn the candle at both ends anymore. Go to bed at 7:30 or 8. I answer my E-mails while drinking wonderful coffee in my new coffee maker my youngest dau and her husband and dau gave me for Christmas. Not into housework anymore except for making my bed, washing dishes and clothes. I will "meet you" at any restaurant.
I like the Seniors Discounts that I get at restaurants and various places. Sizzler's Senior 'age' was 60, so on my 60th birthday, I came into the restaurant, only to be shocked to learn they had recently raised it to 65! I was really annoyed. Now that I am 68, I can get discounts practically anywhere, especially when they see my pepper and salt hair!
I'm the exact opposite! I've been a night person all my life - I believe it's biological - and it was always a struggle for me having to be at work and function so early. Now that I'm partly retired I can stay up as late as I like and sleep till whatever hour I please without being made to feel guilty for being a night person in a day person world. (Most people think we're lazy or somehow decadent!)
But aside from this I like who I am today so much more than I did at 20. I'm so much more comfortable in my own skin. Also more at peace than I was, which I know makes me easier to be around as well.
I feel that way, too, Zoe. At peace. I have learned not to look back and not to look forward. I feel very lucky.