When did you grow old? – Revisited

So you are going along, busily living life, enjoying life when all of a sudden – Shazam!  You are old (or to be more polite, you are a senior).  How did that happen?  When did that happen?  There aren’t any alarm bells that go off as you near it.  There isn’t any graduation ceremony with cap and gown, and someone there waiting to give you a diploma. 

You don’t expect to wake up one day and feel old.  That’s part of the problem.  As you slowly stroll through life mentally, your body is speeding toward old age.  Before you know it, you zip past 40, zoom by 50, rush by 60 and never notice anything till you bump into 70.  And when you do, it is a rude awakening. There were signs along the way but you chose to ignore them.

A few of those signs are seen in the behavior of others towards you.  All of a sudden you are not bud, guy, fella, lady, gal, toots.  The day comes when everyone addresses you as sir, ma’am.  Once you were addressed as mom or dad, but now are you are called grams or gramps.  Doors that were slammed in your face are now held open for you as if you are an invalid.  Sometimes the sign is a not well-hidden smirk.  In any event, if you watch others around you, there are tell-tale signs that someone thinks you are old.

Then there are those changes in our behaviors and abilities that announce we have crossed the threshold into, dare I say it, old age.  On the golf course your shots go no where near as far as they use to.  Your makeup doesn’t seem to work as well as it used to.  The antics of those in their 20s and 30s no longer are as funny.  What you did at work 30 years ago seems more relevant than what is happening today.  You find yourself standing in front of an open refrigerator door when what you really wanted is in the pantry. 

And so it happens – old age takes up residence in your once youthful body.  You can’t overcome it, but you can come to terms with it.  If you treat old age as you would a stranger in your home, things will be okay.  Treat it with respect, be polite around it.  Don’t bad mouth it but put your arm around it and walk along with it like an old friend.  After all, it’s going to be with you for quite a while.

P.s.  This wasn’t that hard to write – I’ve taken the journey.

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