Old Age Difficulties


Pippa’s wish.
Photo by Delaney Dawson on Unsplash

I have a birthday coming soon. 73. Not a decade or great milestone. I’ve simply lived thru another great year.

When you’re 30 you think anyone my age would be sitting in their rocking chair with a lap-blanket warming their legs while watching soaps on TV. But my perception’s changed.

In my mind I’m 53. But my body signals otherwise. Weird sleep patterns, achier hands and feet, thinning white hair, and less accommodating eye-sight.

I’m fortunate people in my family live well into their 80’s. I hope to have a long journey yet to go.

I do what I can to keep in shape. Tai Chi twice a week and walking miles at a nearby enclosed mall on the other days. I enjoy spirited visits with my extended family and friends. And have three crazy pets I love. I volunteer – sorta – keeping my mind active as Lonely Tower’s Social Media Officer and writing this blog. Occasionally I travel away from Lonely Tower and home. When I get a round “tuit” I have a project list to do. That’s all fun and good.

Now I have an added annoyance. Clogged eye-lid ducts. My tears don’t have enough oil. It’s drying my eyes and fogging my vision. I can improve it with daily heat and eyelid washing using common baby shampoo. Thankfully it’s not a big deal.

I’m up for the small challenge adjusting to my new eye-wash routine. I hope it brings lasting clearer vision. I’ve been fuzzy far too long.

On my coming birthday I’ll be another day older yet recognizing…

In youth we run into difficulties. In old age difficulties run into us.

Josh Billings

Related Prior Post: The Graying of the SCA

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