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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Old Age Basically Sucks

It came to me last night as I was blindly stumbling toward the bathroom (a 3 AM trip) that I don't especially like getting old.

That "snap, crackle, and pop" that used to greet me from cereal bowls now comes from my joints... and is much louder. I have developed a fear of falling in the shower. I am getting a little forgetful; like not remembering my glasses (just need them for reading at this point) so I keep extra pairs in both cars, or what I was about to do.

I also worry about my ability to learn and adapt. We have a new car and it is full of mysteries. Heck, my Focus is full of them, too, but the Lincoln is even more complex. I used to help my brother-in-law with his occasional new car... now I need the help. And I have no one to ask! All of my friends are older than me and seem to have worse minds.

And I do a lot of reminiscing. I don't know why that is, there is much more in my life I would like to forget than what I would like to remember. I spent a bit of time the other day trying to remember the names of past girlfriends... a bit like digging into ancient history... but, beyond a few special ones, I drew a blank pretty quickly. I guess that's understandable as I have been married to Faye for over 28 years now. At least, I have no trouble remembering her name. Don't worry, I wasn't stupid enough to say any of the ones I did remember out loud.

I shouldn't complain, though, people tell me I should be grateful I am on the sunny side of the turf. Wish I could remember why.


Tom Sightings said...

Well, Douglas, you've analyzed the situation quite clearly. If only you would come up with a solution!

Douglas said...

There is a solution, Tom, but it isn't a desirable one. As we often say, life sucks but the alternative isn't all that good.