Monday, June 27, 2011
The Aging Process
Unfortunately, little is documented about the aging process itself. Doctors understand certain conditions that tend to be age-related, but not the underlying changes that are summed up as "getting older."
To help remedy this, I want to document some of my own personal experiences with aging. This is not exhaustive ... I hope to continue aging for a good long while to come, and will report further results. The brief outline so far, is as follows:
Childhood - Couldn't wait to grow up. Grown-ups had all the money and power. Of course, back then a $5 bill was unimaginable wealth.
Teen Years - Desperately wanted to join the ongoing sexual revolution. Unsuccessful.
College - So much opportunity, so little time.
Young, Single Adult - Life is good. The three I's: Income, Independence, Initiative.
Young, Not-So-Single Adult - The three I's have become three D's: Debt, Dependence and Deference.
Parent - Ironic to look back on childhood's innocence and naivete and think: "Damn, I should have played more."
Somewhat Older Parent - These kids today ...