Getting older is a fact of life that can’t be denied or avoided. Physical health and welfare are factors we now have to deal with whether we like it or not. Also, the loss of muscle mass which is quickly noticed when gravity increases our abdominal midsection. Yeah, I like to blame gravity for this one, chuckle. Physical deterioration is quickly noticed especially when we do something we haven’t done in a while. For example, I recently was required to do a couple of midnight shifts that I haven’t done in many years. It took a few days to get rested and back to normal activity. Okay I accept and expect physical deterioration with age but what doesn’t deteriorate as quickly is the mind under normal circumstances. It still needs a form of chemical exercise to keep it fit. In my line of work, I’m exposed to enough environmental conditions that require a plan of approach to produce the required results. Yeah, I’m still working at 65 because I have too. Now what I enjoy is learning new things that interest me. Then take this new found knowledge and applying it that in turn creates a stimulating feeling of satisfaction. This is why I like challenging projects and seeing improved results from my endeavors. This also encourages me to continue with learning. There’s a phrase “feeling young at heart” well remember that’s literally all in your head, chuckle.
One aspect I now have to adjust too with aging is developing arthritis especially in the knees. I know over time it won't get better but for now will deal with the beginning symptoms of discomfort. An interesting story to this is that I had a torn cartilage removed from my right knee in my mid 20's. Surgeon informed me I may experience early arthritis symptoms in my 40's. Fortunately no symptoms until my 60's. Now the interesting part is my left knee with no surgery also began to display arthritic symptoms. Consulting my doctor about this he felt over the years I subconsciously put more support on my left leg to protect my right leg. Okay now 2-knees to deal with. For now Voltaren cream helps when any high degree of discomfort is felt. Now to help the joints during activity I started to look at supports. Most supports cover the upper and lower part of the knee. A concern here is my knees becoming dependent on always wearing these full coverage supports. While continuing my research I found there is a single lower knee support strap now being recommended. Well I have to try these and ordered 2 of them. They are not overly expensive and hope they do what they claim.
In my remaining lifetime I feel I have a few more hills to climb and require a certain amount of mobility. Hopefully I'll accomplish this before my life ends.