Friday, December 23, 2005

I Can See Clearly Now

I am late updating the blog today. I had an early appointment to get my eyes checked. I haven't had an eye exam for many years. They have all kinds of new fancy equipment now. My intention was to get one of those new MonoVision contacts so that I can read without glasses. The doc said while checking my vision "dang, did you drive here?" sounding glad that she had not been on the road at the same time. Yes, why? "Well, it looks like you've been in a fog for years.” She fitted me with some of those new fangled soft contact lenses and SHAZAM as Gomer would say; I could see things I had no idea I was missing. Why didn't somebody tell me I had hair growing out of my ears.
Getting older is interesting. There are a lot of things that don't work like they used to. Besides my eyes and my sense of smell, my hearing is drifting away too. Sometimes the latter can be considered a blessing when I'm trying to tune out the spousal unit. When she says "You need to take out the garbage and change the light on the front porch," I can honestly say "I didn't hear you say that." I can't lie to her...she can smell a lie from the next room so I stopped trying to do that years ago....but the hearing angle works.
The thing is stuff starts to fade away. If it happened more quickly, you'd be alarmed and you'd get things checked sooner but it's like a lobster in hot water. If you dump a lobster in hot water, it flails around but if you put him in and let the water slowly come to a boil, he never sees it coming.
I'm really not bitter about aging nor do I want to sound as if I'm complaining. I love my age. I feel more alive now than when I was twenty. I know for a fact I'm more interesting and have more interesting things to say. I really like the quote by Samuel Ullman that goes like this:

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting out ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

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