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*this* John W. Hays' take on things and experiences

Age Old

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How old is old? It’s an age-old question. For many –even though “old” can be hard to define– the famous 1964 Supreme Court opinion phrase about obscenity, “I know it when I see it” fits nicely to identify old.

Many of us know old in ourselves because we feel it.

When I was a kid, “old” was anyone older than me. That pretty much applies throughout our entire lives. Early on, it was someone who went to school during the week. Later, it was someone who had a drivers’ license.

One aging milestone that really struck me was when professional sports heroes started getting younger than me.

Back when I was frequently participating in team sports, there was an occasion at the end of a night of floor hockey when my hand ached as if I had strained it. I assumed it must have been injured during some competitive action that kept me from noticing at the time.

When we met again for the next week’s games, my hand still hurt and it struck me as odd that I wouldn’t have noticed when I injured it. After some time, with the discomfort in my hand never getting any better, I learned that what I was feeling was an arthritic joint.

A few weeks ago, when I assumed my usual plank position for my morning exercise and stretching routine, I detected pain in my left foot. My first assumption was that I must have stressed it somehow and blamed either the shoes I wear all day at work or the boots I wear when outdoors at home.

Two things: First, I couldn’t positively identify having done anything specific to bring on this kind of pain. Second, the pain hasn’t shown any sign of going away. Reminds me an awful lot of what happened with my hand.

It makes me feel old.

Not as old as everyone older than me, but certainly older than everyone younger than me.

I have to say it. It’s all relative.

For the record, these thoughts came to me between 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. when I needed to get out of bed and try to walk to the bathroom to pee.

I felt really old. Age-old.

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Written by johnwhays

September 17, 2021 at 6:00 am

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  1. Re:arthritic joints – noted the same in my hand and knee of late: small world, isn’t it? Amazing how these things creep up on us for no apparent reason, but what is aging but a gradual reduction in our resilience, despite exercise and a good diet. I am wondering if this is what leads people to do Qigong – energy circulating our body feels good using this technique and seems to help.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    September 19, 2021 at 3:11 am

    • Now Cyndie and I have our aging horses to share in the experience. There are audible creaks in their movements, yet they don’t reveal much in the way of limitations yet. It is rewarding to stand within their energy fields and feel the circulation.
      I should consider practicing Qigong in their midst.

      johnwhays

      September 19, 2021 at 8:34 am


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