so today is the 74th anniversary of my birth. the number seems unreal to me. seems REALLY old. i think i look at it out of younger eyes. and how does that work? i have some evidence of aging: very thin skin that bruises ridiculously easily (mechanically speaking only, my emotional skin has toughened with age), whatever aging does to eyes that makes lights at night have haloes; finger and toe nails thick and hard to trim, aching body in the am, tiring way too quickly after physical work, other stuff i have forgotten, did i mention short term memory lapses? i forget.
on the whole though ( i do remember some cliches) i am quite happy to have arrived here in fairly good health. i stand mostly erect. i can still pick up heavy stuff. my blood pressure tends high but is moderated properly by a low dose of meds, the only meds i take. i had colon cancer cut out and haven’t had only indication of relapse. though i bruise easily cuts and abrasions heal quickly. after many years of carpentry i still have all my digits.
what have i learned in 74 years: that i can accomplish as much moving slowly and thoughtfully as i can at top speed and enjoy it more, that i learn more by listening than talking, that measuring twice and cutting once is good, that all i want in an auto is comfort, safety, and reliability, that the kind words of friends and family might indicate that i am not as bad a person as i often think i am,
summing up, in conclusion, and looking back…… what a long strange trip it’s been!
also some words of wisdom...