I was having a chat with the Blue Mamba the other day. She beaming with motherly pride. Her son recently moved back to the area and she is delighted with what a fine adult he has become. He seems to be interested in everything and absorbs everything he can.
I had to admit that when I was his age I was very much the same. I'd read several books a week. I was at all the hot spots and events that were happening. I knew all the up and comers and was very aware of everything in the news and in entertainment. I could stay up for days at a time. I could work two jobs and go to school full-time. There was no reason to stop being constantly on the go. I was fit and flexible and open to all ideas. I loved conversation. I listened to radio constantly, I even left a radio on all night when I slept. Music, music, music, I couldn't get enough. I used to have all the latest technology.
Now I find that a half of a life later I'm no longer impressed by topical stuff. I read one book a year if I am lucky. I see people who are supposed to be famous and I have no idea who they are, nor do I care. It seems people are famous for being famous with little tangible substance. I don't care about philosophy or religion. I care less about politics. I only listen to OPB radio and they never play music. I don't like people much either. I can stand most people for a time limited to under four-hours. I don't really care to go anywhere, and if I never see a movie or a play again I'll be totally happy with that.
I'm even bored by the Internet. I've let several of my sites and blogs fall by the way-side. I am sick of Facebook and I'm visiting that less and less. I don't check all that many blogs anymore either. The golden age of blogging is long over. I can hardly stand email anymore. When I see something new in my inbox I think, "Oh shit, I'll have to deal with something now."
I no longer care much for new technology. I couldn't stand my smart phone so I got rid of it and got an old fashioned stupid phone and it works great. We still have a land line because most cell phones sound like shit. I have a cassette player in my car and I don't care to upgrade it, I just listen to OPB radio while driving. We haven't upgraded to a flat screen TV yet, our old tube set is still doing fine. We have three vehicles and all three were made in the 20th Century. I refuse to send texts and I delete any that are sent to me.
I think Tattoos are stupid, as are piercings and any other type of mutilation. When I see someone who shaves their head I think of them as a skinhead.
So yes, I am older and far less flexible and I don't care. This is want happens when one ages. The passions don't flow as deeply and all your desire for input is exchanged for a want of silence without complication. It is less important to do things that make you feel great and more important that your knees and hips and back will allow you a pain-free day. When I was young it was important to me that parts of my anatomy would stand up straight several times a day and now it is important that I stand up straight when ever I rise to my feet.
I remember when I was the age of Blue Mamba's son. I have fond memories of those times, but time moves forward and to go back to who I once was would be out of nature and hard on the body. There are reasons one slows down and calms down as one ages. I embrace my present age and I'm glad that I came to my senses as to what is really important and appropriate at this time in life.