Aging hasn’t slowed me down. Not one bit.
Sounds like a rather bold boast coming from a sixty-seven-year-old man, doesn’t it? Well, it’s true.
You know why?
Don’t tell anybody, but I’ve NEVER been fast enough to be able to slow down. That’s why I chose a picture of a turtle for this blog post.
You don’t believe me? In high school it took me longer to run the fifty-yard dash than it took most of the other guys to run the hundred-yard dash. I just couldn’t go any faster.
I don’t know whether I was like that when I was a child, but what probably contributed to my slowness–I blame it on this, anyhow–was the fact that I had acute viral encephalitis while in the eighth grade. I was in a coma for several days. The doctors thought that even if I lived, I might end up as a human vegetable.
Well, I lived, as you can should have figured out by now. And I don’t think of myself as a human vegetable. I doubt that you do, either.
But I believe that my brush with death slowed me down some. Physically, at least. Maybe a tad mentally, too. Hard to say about that, though, since I earned wonderful grades in college and then again years later when I returned to college for twenty-four credits of computer programming classes.
I once had a summer job at a place that produced a summer staff yearbook, and I managed to snag the position of staff photographer. I also worked in the auditorium in a janitorial position. That summer I gained the nickname Flash, and it wasn’t because of my camera work. It was because I moved at my own speed cleaning the auditorium, and that speed was anything but fast.
“Rush” and “hurry” have never been in my dictionary. If someone tries to rush me, I dig my heels in and go even slower. If you doubt that, ask my super-patient wife.
Isn’t retirement supposed to be the time in life for a guy or gal to slow down and take it easy, anyhow?
Maybe. But since I’ve lived most of my life that way, maybe my current age is just the time in life when I can start getting away with how I’ve always been.
What do you think? Are you fast, medium, or slow? The comments section is just waiting for you to share that with the rest of us.
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By the way, “On Aging Gracelessly” isn’t my only blog. I use “As I Come Singing”–check it out here--to post lyrics of the Christian songs I’ve written over the last fifty years. Free lead sheets (tune, words, and chords) are available for many of them. Check here to see the list.