Monday, September 15, 2008

THE TROUBLE OF AGING

We spend our youth wishing we were older, and then when we reach "advanced maturity" we spend our lives wishing we were younger.
Wouldn't it be interesting if we could live our life backwards?

Start out with the frailties of advanced age and progress to youth. To spend your "senior" years in school. Your middle age working. And your retirement in your youth. and progress toward infancy.

It would be much easier to take care of your parents as they mature if you were young and strong yourself.

My father is only 80 years old and on top of arthritis and heart trouble, has Parkinson's Disease and for the past year has been declining fast. It is heartbreaking to see the man you have always depended on for his strength and wisdom to be ravaged by such a disease.

Oh, I know there are worse things, and that I am not the only one facing such a dilema. But sometimes I wonder if God in his infinite wisdom, might have got this aging thing backwards.

Just think of the possibilities.

And if you aren't smiling, your just to young to understand.

6 comments:

Country Girl said...

That is an interesting of looking at how the aging process should be.

GreyWolf said...

Yes, but did you smile:)

Farmgirl_dk: said...

How can I smile when I'm aching all over from the work I did the day before? This never used to happen. What's up with that?!

I'm really sorry to hear about your dad. It's horribly painful to watch a parent age and realize they won't always be the incredibly strong, powerful people you've known them to be.

GreyWolf said...

My dear farmgirl_dk; Thank you and I am so sorry to hear about your aches and pains. I can see one of two scenereos;
1. You should have done this while your guest(read: slave laborer) was there.
2. You got spoiled while getting all of that extra help.

There is a third one, but that has to do with the aging process and I refuse to go there. ;0

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Mr. Greywolf,
How sweet of you to offer me two other choices, however, I was, indeed, referring to your (kindly unwritten) choice #3 as to the reason behind my latest aches and pains. And so, I am here, dear sir, to provide solidarity in our mutual aging process. Very few shall escape it. Sadly, I get no comfort from this thought. :-)

Twinville said...

YOu know, I've often thought this same thing myself.
I know their must be a reason why the aging process seems backwards, and I do intend to ask once I meet God Himself.....but hopefully not too soon.

I've been aching and breaking this past week from a pulled lower back muscle. It seems that once I passed 40, any over exertion or injury maximizes in pain, stiffness and achiness ten fold that night and into the next day (or longer, gah!).

I really like the idea of growing down into my twenties and teens, but with my current wisdom and knowledge.
What a brilliant idea Grey Wolf. :)

~Lisa
Laughing Orca Ranch
New Mexico