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Observing The Process [Jun. 15th, 2019|11:39 am]
Tony Grist
"Getting old is a bore" I thought

And then I thought, "No it isn't because the process is so interesting."

I'm an observer. I like observing things. For instance how the aches get achier and the afternoon naps get longer.

I'm not the man I was a year ago. I realised this when I was slogging up a valley side in Ashdown Forest with the kids last month and wasn't sure I could make it to the top.

Early summer was pretty lively. Lots of family action, lots of driving about. It flattened me.

"How is one supposed to feel at 68?" I keep asking myself. "Depends on who you are," I reply. "If you're Mick Jagger you still feel like you're 25. If you're Steve Jobs you've been dead for over a decade."

And then there's the bonus of wisdom (pompous word but it's inescapable.) As a young man, even as a middle-aged man, I was full of fear. As an old man I'm not.
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[User Picture]From: mallorys_camera
2019-06-15 12:17 pm (UTC)
I'm a year younger than you. Hills have become a challenge for me as well. :-( I don't like it!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-15 12:20 pm (UTC)
There's nothing I like better than to stand on top of the Sussex Downs, with the Weald on one side and the sea in the other, listening to skylarks and breathing in the scent of wild thyme, but the problem now arises- how on earth to get up there?
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-06-15 12:28 pm (UTC)
Well, if you climb a hill once or twice a week you will find that it becomes easier. You and I are the same age.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-15 03:07 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you're right.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-06-15 05:17 pm (UTC)
I just went back to the gym after four years of stuff like knee surgery and parents' deaths and not taking care of myself. I hope you climb those hills for many years.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-15 07:07 pm (UTC)
I should take more exercise. I do try...
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2019-06-15 04:15 pm (UTC)
Recently had the topic "age" somewhere else...

I find it difficult because I'm not in the position to enjoy the physically more powerful years. Mentally, it all grows and sure that's for a good reason - but, physically, this meat here makes me feel old because powers fade way earlier than in other people of the same age because of disease.
And factually "being old", "getting old", somewhat confuses me because that is not part of my design mentally...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-15 07:09 pm (UTC)
I suppose everyone's experience is different- which is as it should be...
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2019-06-15 06:14 pm (UTC)
We had a similar epiphany about cancer (given that Roy is definitely facing it and I may be) -- the process is so fascinating that we are able to forget, at least at this stage, that the outcomes will likely include discomfort, disability, and eventually, death.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-15 07:07 pm (UTC)
That's the best approach I think.

We're all going to be leaving this world shortly (from one cause or another.) The thing is to carry on taking an interest in life for as long as possible.

Do you believe in an afterlife?

Ailz asks me to send you her love.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2019-06-15 10:01 pm (UTC)
Telk Ailz I thank her. I have no expectations of an afterlife but will not be surprised if there is one.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-06-15 09:26 pm (UTC)
After my very recent hip replacement I feel much younger despite the ongoing healing and learning to walk again issues. It's an interesting process to have a joint fixed because despite the implications of age (although there are very young people having joint replacements these days), it is like a renewal and now one part of you is much younger than the rest of you. The possibilities are endless. I am looking forward to climbing many hills again!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-16 07:25 am (UTC)
That's great.

To have one part of the body that's younger than the rest must be a curious experience.
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[User Picture]From: mexpatriot
2019-06-15 11:32 pm (UTC)
Overcoming fear is a big one.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-16 07:25 am (UTC)
Fear is at the root of so much...
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