Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | May 13, 2015

Living on the Plus Side of Life

The Magic Transition Point!

I would like to take the liberty of announcing that I am now living on the plus side of life!

The truth dawned on me gradually; it took time for me to finally realize what had happened to me. Over a period of time though, the reality of my new existence finally hit me; I was now living on the plus side of life, I had finally arrived!

As I look back on this voyage of discovery it also became apparent that my actual transition to plus living had taken place several years before without my even realizing it. Over those years I had observed certain signs, certain changes that should have provided important clues that something was in the works but I hadn’t put it all together yet.

It has only been within the last two weeks that all the pieces of the puzzle finally fell into place; I have been living on the plus side of life for over twelve years without realizing it. Twelve wasted years during which I failed to enjoy the full benefits of plus living; what a shame!

What is Plus Living?

I thought you would never ask; all kinds of wonderful and amazing things happen when you enter the plus living phase of your life. For one thing you stop getting older, your age is forever frozen at 65+; once you’re 65 or over age is no longer a factor; you are now 65+ for the remainder of your life regardless of how long or short that may be.

The moment I realized that I was only 65+ I immediately felt more youthful and invigorated. That moment of elation, coupled with the realization that I would always remain 65+ was exhilarating; my 82 calendar years no longer counted, I was only 65+.

The source of my recognition of this discovery was a website which offers a series of product surveys to members. When the member signs up for a survey most often the survey will ask the age of the participant. It will carefully break down age ranges until age 65 is reached and then one finds only one remaining age range, 65+; anyone over 65 is lumped together into one category, 65+.

When I noticed that omission the first time I was mildly annoyed; after all I had earned the right to be 82 one year at a time and I was proud and grateful that I had made it to 82. Later I began to see the humor in it and decided to have some fun with it, hence the blog.

The Practical Reality of Plus Side Living

I retired in September, 2004 and my wife and I have had a wonderful time enjoying my retirement. God has blessed us with a deep love for each other and we take great pleasure in just being together. I think we both agree this has been one of the most enjoyable phases of our life.

I think often of a few lines from a poem by Robert Browning which appear below. The truth of those lines has certainly rung true in our lives and may they ring true in yours.

Rabbi Ben Ezra

By Robert Browning

Grow old along with me!

The best is yet to be,

The last of life, for which the first was made:

Our times are in His hand

Who saith “A whole I planned,

Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!”


  1. Measured that way, I’m not all that far behind you! Thanks to you, though, I won’t miss one moment of enjoyment of my PLUS years.


  2. What a wonderful way to look at it. I never thought of it that way. I have arrived without knowing it. Thank you David I can now just be without getting any older.


    • Maryjane,
      Isn’t that just too fun, what’s more, using that system, our children are catching up with us and before too many years we’ll all be 65+


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