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Switches Shorting Out

I’m just full of urgency—I’m not sure what about. My head rushes, full of babbling nonsense, but all of it seeming to tell me something Very Important. I don’t know what great message I’m to expect from hysteria, so I’m not too worried about it…. It’s just that as I get older, emotions without visible means of support flash into my mind at any old time. I get enough trouble from my legitimate feelings without this meshegas!

But sometimes those feelings are of a sort of elation that I remember from youth—a feeling that I’ve outgrown long ago but now wafts back to me every so often. Those I don’t mind so much. In fact, they tempt me like fairy glamours, calling to me to dive into myself and try to hang on to that elation.

Getting older gives one a better sense of how the brain works because we experience malfunctions—little slip-ups in the brain that give us ‘senior moments’, lost, tip-of-the-tongue words or names, falling asleep in the middle of the day—and other mental ‘dropped stitches’ too strange to describe.

One comes to understand the incredible nature of a sound mind—but only by exploring the later days of one’s life using a mind that now has cracks in it one didn’t even realize were possible. It’s just another example of youth being wasted on the young. But perhaps that’s the source of that memory of elation I mentioned—a time when my life was without flaw. Perhaps it is the memory of a body and mind glorying in its endless potential—strong, sharp, and healthy.

I may not have appreciated the grandeur of my young biology, but I knew I was alive. I used to come upon a green field somewhere and, without thinking, just start running across it, swooping and flying and jumping and twirling, sometimes in straight lines, sometimes turning in great curves. Now I must make do with watching dogs have all the field-fun.

In fact, I think the crux of the difference between old and young is that eagerness towards exertion. Adults can exercise all they like--we'll still never have that surplus energy that is possessed only by the young. Young people can be struck with the infirmities of the elderly--a broken bone, loss of vision, whatever--but they will still differ from the old in approach. I can sum it up with two questions: Youths ask "Why do we have to stop?" Oldsters ask, "When is this gonna stop?"


Street Talk

SO true!

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  about 6 years ago

thanks for reading, shawn!

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  about 6 years ago

Great words of wisdom from the wise

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks Gayle. Yes, people often tell me I'm a wise guy. Or is it wiseguy?

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  about 6 years ago

It's all about entropy; nothing stays the same as my overgrown garden bears witness to!

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  about 6 years ago

Our's too, Kim--only the tomatoes survived. Thanks for reading.

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  about 6 years ago

Nicely penned! Love the meshages! Little hint of an older brain! I am in that same category! Semi-retired with the energy of a snail anymore. And my wife wants me to remodel this old ranch house? LOL It's a good thing she doesn't expect to be done tomorrow! Great job on....wait let me go back and see what that was about again...

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  about 6 years ago

Ha! Thanks, McK. Condolences on the renovation.

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  about 6 years ago

How true are these words of wisdom... and as one that has reached that stage can attest to... wonderful article once again my friend wonderful article...

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  about 6 years ago

You are too generous. None of my hats will fit. Thanks for reading, Rob!

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  about 6 years ago
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