Tuesday, 30 April 2013

I hate to admit this . . .

. . . but I cant remain in denial any longer, I've enrolled in U3A (University of the Third Age).

The only admittance criteria for U3A is to be over 60 years old. The trouble is that although I know that my body is over 60 (in fact its rapidly approaching 65!), my brain isn't yet there with it. I don't feel old, and I don't really want to socialize with old people - although having said that three of my dearest friends are roughly contemporary, and they're not old.

But I fathomed that if I don't feel old, and my friends don't feel old (well we/they may have the odd twinge here and there, but that's all), then maybe, just maybe, most of those other people over 60 don't feel old either, so it's possible they might be fun to be around.

So I joined up, sent off my £13.00 enrolment fee, and popped along this morning to a new members welcome meeting. After having a brief chat with a lady called Kay, the membership secretary, at the door (seemed friendly and welcoming) I made my way over to meet Anne, the lady I call my Photo Phairy, she runs the photography group and she lives just over the wall at the bottom of my garden. We had a nice long chat, the group she runs is very informal, not technical at all, and sounds like just my cup of tea.

I've also got a list of all the activities available to members, and there are a few others I wouldn't mind having a go at: local history, painting and drawing, textile crafts, creative writing, keep moving, gardening (probably not gardening, I do enough of that already), several languages and loads more.

So, if I'm not around much in the future, you'll know where to find me, I'll be out with all the other young oldies, drinking and partying and having fun.

9 comments:

Shirley Cryan said...

I'm not sure what old is these days, I know it's not what it use to be. Well done for getting out there and trying something new.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

That sounds like a great group - wish I could find something like that here. I agree, don't want to hang with the "old people'. We have a Senior Center - but honestly - the people that hang out there are at least a generation older than me in their thinking -sometimes two generations. They want to take bus trips to Reno to gamble and sit about and knit useless items for their gift shop - I want to get up and go and do - and I'm 67 - but surely don't feel that old.

Chrissys4Cards said...

Good for you

Jean said...

It takes courage to walk into a room full of strangers Joy, even old ones!
Well done.

Tracy said...

i think my iphone post went awol!
this group sounds great, i'm quite jealous that you young oldies have all the fun!!!

AlisonB43 said...

Hi Joy, I heard about U3A a couple of years ago, and i thought it was a great idea; I subsequently read an article about one group and was a little disappointed that my husband and I are too young to join, and don't have enough time to join in the activities as we still have to go to work!! Hope you enjoy it.

karen said...

Oh good for you, the U3A down here have some great outings and groups - I would love to participate in some of them. I know just what you mean about not feeling your age. I asked Mick last night if he expects me to grow up and start acting my age next week - thankfully he said no :) xxx

Older Mum said...

I so agree with the above comments - what is old these days???? I have met some very old 30 year olds! Your group sounds fab - new friends, new activities... Have lots of fun! X.

Busy Little Chicken said...

Good for you Joy, hope you have fun! How long does it run for? And I say you are only as old as you feel.... :)