Aging, a State of Mind
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Aging haunts all of humankind! Some feel young, some feel old and it is according to the job they held while plying their trade. It
is natural that a coal miner would not feel as good as an office worker after retirement. Some say, “Age is just a state of mind,
you’re only as old as you feel!”
I am pushing eighty years of age. Since having a major back surgery and a major heart attack several
years ago, I am thankful to God to be as healthy as I am. I am convinced that having stopped smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol
when I was about twenty-seven had a lot to do with my present state of being. I see men and women who have smoked cigarettes and drank
alcohol most of their adult life who are in pretty bad shape. Those two habits sure take a toll on our bodies.
One of the greatest
hazards to aging is to be able to stay out of everyone else’s way. We are slower crossing streets, sometimes not making the blinking
light. This causes impatient ones to begin honking at us. They forget that soon they will be in our shoes.
Then there are all the
kids running around, riding skateboards, bicycles, scooters, etc. who most of the time do not watch where they are going because they
are too busy watching their phones. Some teenagers think that sidewalks are made for them to ride all these contraptions not remembering
that they are called side ’walks’!
Another hazard to aging is the well-meaning dog owners who think that you love their dog as much
as they do. They will allow Fido to walk right up to you, jump upon you and lick you in the face, and according to the feebleness
of the individual, will almost be knocked down by their actions. Ah, the joys of aging!
As much as it is possible let’s enjoy our
lives while there is still time. Our governments, of most states, have made it much easier for us old coots to get around. They have
built ramps on sidewalks, widened restroom stalls for our wheelchairs, and some restaurants have widened the spaces between tables
and chairs to accommodate our widening girths. Several years ago publishing companies began printing books in large print editions
so us old folks can still enjoy reading without straining our eyes. Overall, aging is not too bad! It is simply a state of mind!