I’d heard about aging men painfully sitting on their scrotum but had never experienced this geriatric phenomenon. This morning I nearly did. As I sat on the toilet, my boy parts exposed to the cold porcelain, my testis rested on the seat as my left thigh and buttocks approached. Only by quickly (okay, I wasn’t that quick) rebalancing myself on my right rump did I avoid squashing my sac. With age come lifestyle adjustments. It’s one of the hazards of aging.
Evolution In Action
Do you remember the evolution diagram in your 7th grade science book? I know the boomers do. Anyway, it shows the progression from monkey to man beginning with a knuckle-dragging primate and slowly straightening up to a posture perfect tall standing man. My wife recently commented, after I took several minutes to get up from the couch, that I went through every phase. She may be right. My knuckles are scratched. It’s another one of the hazards of aging.
It Ain’t All Good, And It Ain’t All Bad
My eyesight has digressed (my left eye has the beginning of a cataract.) My reflexes are slower, and my hearing isn’t what it used to be. And my memory is shorter. (Now where was I?) But there are things about growing older that I enjoy and appreciate.
It Sure Beats The Alternative. Or Why Growing Older Is A Good Thing
You know the theory about needing 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert? I have a lot of 10,000-hour categories: management, presenting, performing, and more. And by the time you’re in your 60’s you will too.
I’m not seeking the BIG score I sought in my youth. Whether its income, power, or prestige being on top isn’t as important to me as doing what I believe in and enjoy. Most of what I do, I do because it makes me happy. Life is good.
I’ve heard for years if you have your health you have everything, but never embraced this philosophy. However, being fortunate to be in good health at my age — I now subscribe to it. As American composer Eubie Blake said, “If I’d known I was going to live this long I would’ve taken better care of myself.”
Yes, there are Hazards of aging but…
I concern myself less with what others think of my actions and beliefs. I probably will always make some concessions, but I find myself caring less if I conform to others opinions. It’s freeing.
Yes, my back may be bowed, my eyes squinted, and my memory has holes in it, but aging doesn’t only bring regression. It is filled with wonders and joys that when embraced can set your soul free. And besides, I haven’t sat on my balls — yet.
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This post was originally published on Erik Deckers’ Laughing Stock
Where, if you need a good laugh form a thoughtful post, you will find many. Thank you Erik.
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