Age ain’t nothing but a number – they say. I always felt and looked older than my actual age. I behaved as one too. During one of our conversations in the fitness class, each one of us were telling the other about how long we would like to live. When I was in my 20’s I had this view that I will be completing my life’s important activities (like work,marriage – if that happened, kids – if I got lucky, own house etc) by 60 and then keep that as my age when I am ready to depart the world. Nothing much happened (or rather lot of things happenend and unhappened) but I think I would still like to depart by 60 or maximum by 65. I would like to and not that I would, just to clarify. And I would love to age gracefully, not in terms of looks but in terms of health mostly. I see my mom now at 62 and the various health problems she faces. It hurts me to see her struggling with one or the other issue. She is one of the primary reason I forced myself to join the fitness class and am trying to keep my health in check (and the other reason is the various injuries that I sustained last year). With so many kinds of health issues coming up, we are asked to get the regular health check for cancer related issues done especially when we reach 35 (and for women there are a whole of other checkups they suggest). And I am still trying to get them done even though I left 35 almost 2.5 years back. I have plans to do this by September, at any cost. If you reach 60, you are supposed to get a new Driver’s license because they are not very sure of your eyesight after that. My dad, who is almost 65, had to get it done a few years back. You are expected by the society to have a family and probably a kid on or before 30. One woman in my class was so aghast that I wasn’t married at this age (and I was too lazy to explain her that I once was). After all this I wonder : Is age still just a number ?
A man’s age is something impressive, it sums up his life: maturity reached slowly and against many obstacles, illnesses cured, griefs and despairs overcome, and unconscious risks taken; maturity formed through so many desires, hopes, regrets, forgotten things, loves. A man’s age represents a fine cargo of experiences and memories. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
This post is coming in a little early than usual (my early Saturday but probably a late Friday for the other hemisphere) and I am not probably coherent because it is too early, 4.15 am , for me. I will be going out on a day trip today and probably will be in very late, so I might not be able to respond to comments until tomorrow. See you all soon and stay safe.
Post for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: young, old, or anything to do with age. That’s it! Have fun!