Aging and Changing

I have some friends and relatives who are quite a bit older than myself.  We all live in the Southern United States.  Some of these older friends and relatives are making some choices that astound me.  As I have gotten older, I realize from time to time, that I cannot do some of the things that I did when I was 20, 30, and even 40 years old.  This simple concept has completely escaped some of my older friends and relatives.

I simply don’t have the physical strength, quick reflexes, and endurance that I possessed in my youth.  Consequently, I have made adjustments to my physical activities so that I can do as much as I can for as long as I can.  I don’t listen to as much loud music as I did in my 20s, so that I can keep what hearing I have for as long as possible.  I take frequent, small pauses when doing yard work to catch my bearings and breath.  There are many other examples of adjustments I make to my program to preserve what capabilities I still possess.

My sister recently drug out her old bicycle, which she hasn’t ridden for at least 30 years, and brought it to a bike shop to get it tuned up so that she can start riding it again.  My sister is close to 70 years old now, and has ‘dizzy spells’ from time to time while she is simply walking on flat ground.  I love my sister.  After having worked in healthcare for more than 30 years, I have seen (many times) how a broken hip has destroyed a person’s life. It is a life changing event for an elderly person, and frequently hastens their demise.

My sister is not in great physical shape. Not at all.  Also, she wants to ride her bicycle in an area of town with a fairly high amount of automobile traffic.  I find myself wondering what on earth is she thinking, trying to ride her bike in this area of town.  I find myself fretting over her well-being.  I suppose this is an expression of my love for her.  I do realize that we are all in God’s care and he is in control of everything.  But, there is a sentence from the Bible that sticks in my head, “Thou should not temp the Lord, thy God.”  To me, it says that we should not be stupid, if at all possible.  Like, we should not throw all caution and common sense to the wind, believing that God will protect us at all times.  This is why I have never played Russian roulette, or thrown myself over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Maybe I am just becoming a critical old fuddy duddy.  I just don’t know.  I guess I will find out over time.  All I know is that I will pray daily for the people in my life that I look at as making foolhardy decisions, and continue to love them.  That is all I can do.  I do believe in the power of prayer because I have seen it work when nothing else would.  God bless us all.

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