Being over the hill is probably the most often used phrase for getting older. When you turn forty, at least for my generation, you were considered over the hill. My hero Will Rogers certainly was an inventive guy. The way he looked at life such as the words above is what inspires me.
I have never really thought about it much, but I never did get the feeling that I was on top the hill. My life has just been happening day-to-day. Uphill-downhill seemed more like potholes in life. When I finally reached retirement, or should I say when it reached me, I knew my life was on a downhill glide but it was a pleasant glide and it was high enough to say out of the gutter.
In fact, the downhill side of life has proven to be more enjoyable and fulfilling than the other side of the slope. You could never have convinced me of that in those uphill years. My main negative about being over the hill is my loss of stamina and strength. I know that is something I could do more to partially alleviate but don’t choose to use much of the time I have left to do that. I can’t lift up a 40-pound birdseed bags anymore with some serious grunting but that is OK.
Being over the hill is kind of peaceful. You don’t have to worry about competing with anyone. Instead, you can just enjoy life. That is a great place to be 🙂