Are You Too Old And Still Trying To Hang With The Young?

You’re too old! The body can’t do those things anymore. Joints ache, knees hurt, and the favorite pastime is usually sitting around some sweet dessert with others who are equally morbidly obese. The mindset is, “I’m gonna die of something so I may as well enjoy it.”

Enjoy pain, in the form of aching joints, intestinal challenges that create cramps and back pain as an enlarged gut pulls on the muscles of the back in the wrong direction? Really? This is preferable to not having to deal with pain and discomfort?

So many have decided they deserve this. To live out remaining years indulging themselves in all the things that supposedly were denied in all those productive years when a family had to be supported and work was a daily drudgery.

It’s funny, but the aging mindset just hasn’t hit me, and I’m not entirely sure it ever will. Rarely comes to my thoughts, while others sure do their best to remind me. They can’t stand the idea that someone their age doesn’t look it, act it, or even embrace it. For the most part it just gets ignored. What’s more the real fun is when I complete something that age, usually mine, is supposed to make difficult if not impossible, and it just brings on a smile.

Recently a trip to the area of an active volcano was viewed by some as risky. That just brings to mind how so many live in a constant state of fear about something, or everything. You would have thought I was going right up to the crater to have a look!

Just this morning on my walk in an amazing wooded reserve, it was suggested that my arrival time of 5:45 AM might be too early as there aren’t lots of souls out. There is almost an addiction to the negative mindset at that hour, that some harm COULD come. Well, I do carry a rather large and stout walking stick. Truthfully it’s for going off the main road onto the mountain bike trails, which can be treacherous for walking.

That and fending off the white elephants, rabid Llamas and frenzied squirrels. Want to know how many I’ve encountered?

Granted there aren’t as many to enjoy the peace, solitude, and energy from this unique park in the middle of the city.  However it’s hardly like Central Park in New York City that to this day is a place where one needs to be completely aware of their surroundings, taking nothing for granted. Still, always being aware is a good practice. Incidents have occurred. As mentioned I carry a big stick!

There is almost an addiction to the negative mindset, where first thoughts start out south. Risk is walking out the door every day, with no guarantee of returning. Then, with thinking like that you miss sights like this.

Sunrise in Guanguiltagua Park in the middle of Quito.
Sunrise in Guanguiltagua Park in the middle of Quito.

At nearly 10,000 feet high the air is thinner and the view grander. Never getting out of the door in the morning to go walking because you might trip and fall, would miss this view and so much more.

Youth rarely wastes time thinking about mortality. It’s a mind thing. Thinking young doesn’t leave much time to think about how old one is. Being in the moment is not an age thing. Observing what is taking place in the time and place where you stand has no age to it. Go do something you can take off your list and quit making excuses.

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Alan is retired and resides in Quito, Ecuador. Writing is a passion which has resulted in two eBooks thus far, with more in the works. Married 47 years with four sons and 13 grandchildren, provides potential grist for the mill! Alan is a charter "Boomer", a Viet Nam veteran, committed to roasting his own coffee and writes about whatever pops into his mind. He loves to build and ride recumbent bikes, play racquetball, writes almost daily, travels Ecuador, and talks to anything that does not move fast enough! The twinkle in his eye is a combination of the sun, and an active sense of humor. His desire to encourage others to write is being answered through his articles on the Internet.