Wednesday, October 22, 2008
What Does Age Have to Do With It?
I wear hearing devices. I had to get them a year ago when I finally had enough with the “What did you say?” format of my conversations with students and friends. I’m OK with the hearing devices…one in each ear. I have severe hearing loss. Some day I may even have no hearing at all. The ENT doctor and the Audiologist attributed my hearing loss to age, (ugh!) and the possibility that I had gone to too many rock concerts in my day. Now listen up people…one can NEVER go to too many rock concerts! I go today. I may be one of the elders at these gigs, but I go, and I have fun. Why do I write about this? I am doing so because I am amazed. I am amazed at my body, its degeneration; and my mind and its youthfulness. How can the two coincide? This must be an age thing. I know I never questioned my body’s ability to keep up with my spirit (and boy oh boy, my spirit sure is something else). I just did what I wanted to do –whenever I wanted to do it (within respectable limits and reason). Just a few years ago I went motorcycling with a boyfriend across Colorado. I really did (girls, it helps to be single for this one; it adds to the fantasy that you may be having just about now). I went skiing at Jackson Hole, Mammoth Valley and other Western slopes just a few years ago, too. I have gone whitewater rafting, hiked the trails of the Grand Canyon and camped out near there (too advanced for me to actually camp in the Canyon, but if I was braver, I would have), and meditated with a Guru, ate vegetarian, and did Yoga for a while. I don’t think I have done it all. I still desire a safari in Africa, a waterskiing adventure on the Caribbean, and a helicopter ride, maybe parasailing, but that scares me so I don’t know about that one. So there it is…my mind is restless. It’s because the pain in my knee is gone and I am feeling “youthful”. Maybe it’s the ever present desire to do something “alive”. Do you know what I mean? The degeneration of my body speaks volumes of the desire to continue to live life to the fullest. Just because I can’t hear and just because my knee went south on me, doesn’t mean I have to stop living. Am I right? What do you think??