Thursday, February 10, 2005

Less and Less

Everything must come in smaller doses now. Now that I am in the latter half of my Forties. Its all diminished. Maybe it doesn't have to be this way all the time, with everything, but for now that's how it is. I can't swim a mile anymore because I don't train for it. When I last tried, my shoulder went south and I had to stop for a long time. A year. I spent a whole year not swimming. It was bad. Brutal I might say. I felt as vigorous as a dried cowpie. Probably unnecessary as well. A savvy PT would've had me in the pool in half that time. In fact one did, but I didn't get smart and get to that person until about 5 months had passed. By that time, I had a bad back, water fear that came out of nowhere, and a sore shoulder that just didn't get better. Thank God for savvy PTs.

Can't drink in mass quantity anymore, and that's a good thing (mostly). Still, it's quite evident and times when I could put it away are not so long ago that I don't remember them well. Then, it could be 5 pints on an evening. I would be tipping slightly, but not too badly, and the hangover usually ended about Noon the following day. Now, two or three pints is a heavy night, and the hangover finally goes away about Noon...two days later. If whisky is involved, forget it. The week is shot. So, now I drink a glass around 5, and as long as its just one, I'm OK. Anything later than that and I get no REM sleep and the following day is spent in a haze of exhaustion, even though I never woke up during the night.

Too much food, and the feeling of bloat will end the evening. I eat ever more sparingly. If I gain five pounds, my blood pressure jumps, my back starts to hurt, and I look ridiculous in my clothes. I am slow of step and thought, and I get irritable in no time over things that are simply not worth it.

So, what are the thing that are not diminshed with age?


Blogger Don said...

"So, what are the thing that are not diminshed with age?"

Lude, lascivious, licentious, and lustful thoughts about twenty-four-year-old women. Thirty-four-year-old women. Forty-four-year-old women. Whatever.

Having fun on a righteous roller-coaster.

The way great music takes you away from wherever you are and transports you to a slight, internalized tease of heaven.

The joy given freely by a happy child.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Harry said...

Aye aye. All of the above, Hip. All of the above...and more!

1:53 PM  

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