Monday, April 25, 2011

getting older

Two of the nice things about getting older (there are myriad negatives that could equally be cited) are these:

1. The fear of death dwindles. Not that it disappears or that anyone might not still be quite afraid, but the preceding and long-standing and unspoken notion that "I will not die -- dying is for people in graveyards" dissipates. At first, this can be spooky, but then, perhaps, the spookiness is slowly accompanied by a small almost-pleasure, as if it was quite nice to be part of an actual-factual flow...not to mention all the negatives that could be dispensed with.

2. The willingness to believe my own opinions and judgments loses its savor. Where once life was filled with the Miracle Glue of strong beliefs, opinions, and judgments that showed off who I was (in the same way a peacock can fan his tail feathers), now what was a miraculous glue begins to unbind. Aside from anything else, opinions and judgments require too much energy.

Maybe it's just having been around long enough to see righteousness devolve or wretchedness be uplifted, but what was once strong tea  seems to become weak. When someone speaks of the wrath of God, all you can wonder is, why in heaven's name is He so pissed off?

It's sort of disconcerting, being unable to find a home in some soaring or reeking realm. Oh for a good wrathful, righteous toot! Oh for a melting away in some blissful bayou. Anything to make the blood grow hot and assured and self-confident without remorse or second thought. Occasionally it comes calling, that firebrand certainty, but the occasions become fewer and less credible. Now it's just do-what-you-do-because you-do-it or think-what-you-think-because-you-think-it.

Old age. One thing's for sure -- we ain't in Kansas any more.


  1. Acceptance of inevitable difficulty with an understanding that suffering is limited by our engagement of it is a blessing. But I'd put it at 3rd place in my top 3 list. For 2nd place, the vanity of youth is laughably forgotten. But in 1st place, nobody asks me to help them move anymore. Being called sir by a waitress is just a silly misunderstanding of things. I'm not a sir, I just got here, I've only just begun to figure anything out. But all of that is just a perk; I imagine the serious stuff is the letting go of the many ambitions I used to wear.

  2. Charlie -- I think you nailed the "sir" business to the wall. A "silly misunderstanding" allows me to stop thinking it would take more energy than I had to explain why a "sir" was not warranted. Silly misunderstandings are things I can forget about and decide the important stuff ... like whether I want the eggs over-easy or scrambled.

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  4. Well well here we have the two old f**ts :P :)

    Gentlemen, I have to say realllllyyy! I've heard it from one of you before but /I think/ Sir is no big deal. Anyone who calls me M'aam is more than welcome to it (heehee sounds cool actually) and does Sir actually imply anything? Maybe in your neck of the woods :P Stop being grumps about it !

    Insolently yours,