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I too am taking the slow descent into old age -
Just finished an appointment with the audiologist - I now know bad hearing is not an excuse to ignore my wife (and now, so does she )
I have completed visits to the podiatrist, the eyeball doctor (lenses removed, replace with plastic ones), the colonoscopy doctor, the arthritis doctor (got it, mostly hands and knees), and others. Lucky that my insurance pays for all this
My boat just goes around in circles since I only have one oar in the water
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, navigate a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects! - Lazarus Long
"Everything that happens, including humiliations, embarrassments, misfortunes, all has been given like clay, like material for one’s art. One must accept it. For this reason I speak in a poem of the ancient food of heroes: humiliation, unhappiness, discord. Those things are given to us to transform, so that we may make from the miserable circumstances of our lives things that are eternal, or aspire to be so." Jorge Borges, essay: "On Blindness."
You're in good company, Brother Stoneyowl2; I'm lucky enough to have survived a major cancer 13 years ago with no recurrence; one leg has some permanent nerve damage from being multiply fractured by a hit-and-run driver 14 years ago; one eye is unusable, and, can't be repaired. Tinnitus is something I've learned to live with.
Those existential "facts" seldom weigh my spirit down; when they do, I meditate, and look around me at people who are suffering more than I can imagine to try and "adjust my perspective."
At age 76, my memory is actually keener than it was pre-cancer, my ability to concentrate greater. Loss of my taste buds due to radiation treatment has led to a divorce from food and weight loss that I am convinced has partially enabled increased mental facilities ... I used to spend a lot of time on food !
I feel fortunate that I can delight in 12 or more hours per day of intense mental activity, using the net to explore the latest in linguistics, neuropsychology, physics, archaeology (ancient trade routes, artifacts, Buddhist iconography in SE Asia), and literature, programming, and, of course, manifesting here
Truth be told: I could not have imagined, before age 65, how satisfying the life I have lived since then: is. How satisfying it is to need less, and find more delight in the dance with that elusive "miraculous in ordinary's" shape-shifting presence
«One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.» Salvador Dali