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by Matuschka Lindo

Sometimes I have thoughts that just go through my mind. They aren’t really enough to do an entire blog on… at least not most of them. Just felt like sharing them with you. I was wondering if you think about these things also or if these things are happening to you? Maybe you aren’t there yet, or maybe you are way past this stage. It doesn’t matter they are just random thoughts.

~Who will my children marry and will I have to travel far to see them? None of my kids are dating (so they tell me) but I have already started praying diligently for kind loving people with good moral codes and standards and a strong faith to enter my children’s lives.

~Really it takes me 9 months to lose 15-20 pounds yet I gain 10 in 2 weekends at the lake. What the hell is that? What is going to happen when I am 80? Hopefully I just won’t give a damn!

~I can’t cop a squat anymore. Something is wrong with my stream of urine.  It runs side ways and I have to stop mid stream or it will just be going down my leg. Why won’t it go straight down any more? I can’t possibly be doing something wrong. Probably wondering where and why I am even in a cop a squat position huh?

~ As I age am I just getting less and less invincible mentally or is our world now crazier than ever. I’m scared for my children and for them to raise children in a world so full of hate? Maybe it’s always been here and I just was young and naïve.  I’m scared now. Sad but I am.

~At what age does hair stop growing on our legs and under our arms? I’m tired of waxing. But I don’t want it to stop growing on my head. Where I want hair to keep growing like my eyebrows… NADA they are thinning to nothing. I want my leg hair to thin dammit!

~What the hell happens to my body all night when I sleep? The walk to the bathroom in the morning is like I am walking on hot coals.  Popping, crackling and hurting. A good Physical Therapist told me not to tuck my sheets in… we don’t want our toes pointed and arched as we sleep. Also to lean over and stretch counting to 100 before we get out of bed. I tried it... actually helps.

~ I have texts, IM messages and emails from people who have passed. When do I get rid of them? To be honest I don’t think I can. It’s like their last words to me. I wonder if there is a way to store them somewhere forever. Some are as simple as Merry Christmas hope to see you next year My Dear…. That was from NBC News reporter John Noel. Miss you dear friend.

~Issues that I’m changing my views on as I get older… guns, marijuana, plastic surgery, drinking age of 21.

~At what age will I lay down and not worry about my kids and if they are safe? Is there an age where I just lay down and fall asleep and not worry? I fear the day will never come and yet I fear the day will come. Does that make any sense?

That's all I got roaming through my mind now. Another year will muddle even these thoughts and bring new ones to the horizon. I was just thinking as a woman I would like to know the random thoughts of a midlife man... Hmmmm let me see what I can find for next week.

Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!

Matuschka's Midlife... Telling it like it is...
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by Matuschka Lindo

Just had another birthday… In my family we celebrate BIG! Calls from family members near and far, and it’s on going for several days. Lots of dinners and lunches and brunches with friends. Lots of drinking and lots of fun food. In the Lindo family birthday’s have always been huge. But not so for everyone. My husbands family acknowledged birthdays but they don’t celebrate like us crazy Hispanics! I was bound and determined to open the floodgates and to make birthdays big when we got married. Especially since my mother-in-law and I have the same birthday! Twice the fun, don't you agree? I remember about 5 years into marriage and going to my mother-in-laws house to surprise her for our birthdays and I made a huge chocolate cake. I remember her blowing out the candles and looking at me and saying, “Thank You! I have never had a birthday cake before.” I was like WHAT!!!! WHAT? That is just not possible! Birthdays can be looked at two ways. You can choose to think that every birthday brings you closer to your death… Which is just a horrible way to think. I mean hell ya, I would not want to celebrate either. The other way is to celebrate life! The gift of it, those you share it with, and all that you plan to do to make life better for the year ahead! Birthdays are a gift and a blessing! Christmas, the best birthday party of all is a perfect example.

Milestone years and what they mean:(To me anyway...)

40's- As Bob Hope used to say, "Middle Age is when your age starts to show around the middle." Yep, 40 is the beginning of middle age. You no longer seem invincible you are now seeing things as they truly are... wait I think they call that wisdom. The weight doesn't come off as easy, wrinkles begin to appear and white hits your hair.  But it's truly the beginning of coming into your own... you just don't know it yet!

50's- The BIG Five 'O'. It's the milestone where you cross over to the other side. The Bucket Lists come out and everything else comes down and begins to sag... necks, breasts, and knees. Not necessarily in that particular order. At this age women are driven to make changes to their lives. They are now empty nesters, downsizing is on their mind and new careers or projects enter the horizon. Part II of a new life starts here.

60's- This one is a little further off for me and I found a perfect article that lists 60 Perfect Reasons You Should be Psyched About Turning 60! I loved them and could not write anything better... so I thought I would let you read Ann Brenoff and Shelley Emling's killer list on what to expect at 60! You won't be disappointed!

The 65th Birthday- The day most Americans become eligible for Medicare benefits. Here are some tips for making it a smooth one. Seven Common Questions on Medicare. Medicare is just the beginning it' s time to start thinking about long term care and social security claims. Lastly, I know you don't want to hear it but legal documents need to be taken care of and in order. You're not packing it in... just making sure all your ducks are in a row while you have your wits about you.

What I try to remember and celebrate with every age is that you can age without growing old. We are living in a time where products and technology make life easier as we age. Take advantage of what is out there and enjoy and celebrate life to the fullest. Don't let age determine how old you will act. Remember the old saying... "You're only as old as you feel." Scientists from University College London found that believing you are younger than you actually are is the key to a long life. Those who felt their age were more likely to die young – and people who felt older were at the greatest risk.

The way I see it, the more birthdays you enjoy celebrating the more you will have!

Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!

Matuschka's Midlife... Telling it like it is...

 
 
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I was standing around at the end of an event waiting for my husband so we could leave. A chill was in the air so I wrapped my arms around  to hug myself and take the chill away. My fingers reached as far as they could and wrapped around my rib cage and I gave myself a big bear hug. Then I paused... I pushed and pushed running my fingers up and down pushing in on this mushy yet firm stuff. It's almost as if my boobs had shifted and were rolling down the sides of my body in an angle from my arm pit. I pushed some more and just froze. What? What the hell is this between my bra straps springing back onto my nimble fingers that were quickly assessing the situation as I continued to press. Son of a Bitch are you telling me I now have bulging back fat. I find this the week before another midlife birthday. Damn! Now how in the hell do you get back frickin fat? Better yet how do you get rid of it!

Never in all my years have I felt this so-called back fat. It wasn't spilling over my bra it was more like filled inside the space of my bra right in the horizontal netting. Now yes I know weight gain is usually the culprit, but I haven't gained much weight. I just started drinking my summer beer a few weeks ago. How could this be happening already? I went digging for answers and found some interesting back fat culprits in addition to weight gain. No shocker here but age is a major reason. I have told you time and time again that as we age our skin gets less and less firm. Why am I beating around the bush? Ladies, it becomes soft and spongy especially right there on our bra line. Throw on top of that a bra that has creeped it's way up, or a bra that is too thick, or even one that is too thin.. add a little soft supple pudgy midlife skin and SURPRISE you have the ever so lovely back fat. Now I can't have bumpy shirts all summer. I have to get rid of this stuff. Experts say that women neglect their lats and their upper back more than any other muscle group, here are some exercises to get rid of back fat.

I will admit I was so shocked to find this junk all around the mesh of my bra, that while waiting for my husband I had no hesitation in calling the women around me and shouting, "Hey do you guys have this darn back fat." One lady was like oh ya, " It's a pain to get spray tanned I have to lean forward and shrug my shoulders so I don't get back fat spray lines." Another lady said she just doesn't wear a bra to relieve the problem. Ahhhh not an option for me. It also made me think of how unaware I am of my back and what could be on there. Note to self, when you go get a physical get your back checked also. You don't have to be over weight to have back fat, at midlife it's just the deterioration of that firm skin. Consider this though, you need someone to look for moles, rashes, skin tags, or any type of lumps or bumps that should not be on your back. Just looking at my husbands back a few years ago in bed I found a huge bump on his shoulder. I immediately made him go get a cat scan. He was fine but we learned it was called a buffalo hump and they can be dangerous. Here is my plea to all of you. Every time you go get a physical, open that gown and make that doctor look at you back. Yes, it may just be the dreaded back fat... but you never know. Better safe than sorry!

Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!

Matuschka's Midlife... Telling it like it is...
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Yesterday was National Rotisserie Chicken Day and Leave Work Early Day and some other craziness. Who comes up with these days and how do you make a pitch for a new day to celebrate? You have to agree that some of theses "unofficial" National Holidays are ridiculous. National Ice cream Day... that I get. Today is National Repeat Day, Today is National Repeat Day, Today is National Repeat Day... Think I’m kidding click HERE for all your National Days. My complaint is we don’t have a National "I’m Sorry" Day. I think Australia may be the only one with a National Sorry Day. It is an annual event that has been held in Australia on May 26th, since 1998, to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the country's indigenous people. I don’t know what is going on in the USA but people have forgotten the practice of saying "I'm sorry". I was on a trip from hell last week due to weather with a co-worker flying on an airline I have not flown in a while. I always had such bad experiences with them. So I thought... let bygones be bygones and give American Airlines another try. BIG MISTAKE let me repeat that, BIG MISTAKE!

Granted we were heading to the Texas area for work and with all the rain and flooding mother nature was part of the problem. I will put that out there as a fair disclaimer. That being said, the second leg of my co-workers flight got canceled and the airline refused to provide her checked luggage from the plane/flight that was now canceled until the next day. Guess what happened the next day? Yet another flight got canceled to her final destination. So yep, still no luggage. She ended up driving to hook up with me at our final destination. We spent an entire day trying to find two pieces of luggage while finishing up meetings. We managed to work our way back to DFW by rental car because a rental car agent was kind enough to tell us what American Airlines counter agents wouldn't.  That the small town we were trying to fly out of was having runway problems due to being hit by lightning and that our scheduled small turbo prop plane most likely wasn't going to get out. We ended up driving 3 hours back to Dallas in torrential rains to catch our second leg of the flight home. If you are wondering... still no luggage for my co-worker. We go to an American Airlines ticket agent in Dallas at DFW International hoping luggage is still there from the original canceled flight. With a snarky voice the agent says, "One piece is downstairs but I can’t guarantee we can get it on your flight in time and the other piece is heading to the small town you just left." (Might I add our flight doesn’t leave Dallas to head back to St. Louis for 4 hours and they are saying they can’t guarantee the piece of luggage at the Dallas airport.) I'm thinking, we are standing here in the same freakin’ building and you can't help us get that luggage on the flight 4 hours from now? Not to belabor the story but when all was said and done all EIGHT American Airlines employees we talked to, including ones on the phone as we tried to change flights and get information etc. Not ONE, Not ONE, (It is National Repeat Day) NOT ONE, said Sorry for the inconvenience, sorry for the trouble, or just SORRY! I mean this is customer service 101! My co-worker got her luggage 3 days later on Sunday afternoon. American Airlines if I never fly you again it will be too soon!

I know it can be hard to take one for the team and say the word "sorry". But News Flash it can make the biggest difference in a person’s day or change their reaction to a nightmarish situation. Recent research suggests that apologizing for things that are in no way even your fault (a so-called superfluous apology) increases people’s trust in you and makes them behave more trustingly in return. I read in a psychology today article that an apology makes a person feel that you’re empathizing with them and that you’re concerned for their well-being. That in turn invokes positive feelings and they reciprocate by extending trust to you. (Take note American Airlines!) Imagine, all that goodwill caused by apologizing for something as simple as the traffic on the way to the office! Or for lost luggage and canceled flights in a busy airport dealing with crazy weather. Now some people like Amy Schumer in this hysterical video think women in general say sorry too much! According to Schumer women today need to NOT apologize for everything! You must watch this video, it’s quite funny really. 

I've stated my case as to why I find the need for a National Day to recognize the importance of saying "Sorry". As is the case with everything else, the people that usually need to say sorry are never the ones actually saying sorry. Studies show that when you say you are sorry and you really mean it, it can actually be good for your health, while over apologizing can have negative effects. Researchers say knowing when to apologize is a life skill. I recommend learning how and when to use the words "I'm Sorry". It makes you a better human being for heavens sake!

Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!

Matuschka's Midlife... Telling it like it is...