I’m not so sure that I’m going to age that gracefully. I’ve had to adopt reading glasses in the last couple years. Everyone said, wait until your 40, but I couldn’t see it happening, then at 44 I found myself moving paper near and far so that I could read it. One day while trying to read the small print on a street atlas, even in the sun light I could not, I had to face reality and humbly buy some reading glasses, I was late. My “friends” sure had fun teasing me about the new glasses. I was a wrestler and even at 35 entered a tournament and wrestled against the college boys, I was the oldest one there. I paid afterward for that one. On and off I lift weights in my exercise room that has about everything. After a few months of laying off and then jumping into a routine I’ve had to learn the hard way, several times, that I can’t do the things the way I used to. The soreness, injuries, and recuperation times are ridicules along with the speed that I drop in conditioning after a lay off. Always frustrating and eye opening, every time! Went to a family reunion back East recently, man did everyone look and act old, small town people I haven’t seen in 20 years, they all talked reeeaaal sloooow and although I enjoyed listening to the stories it was all I could do to stop from finishing their sentences and laugh at the subject matter. It was a heart warming experience but scary, and I really looked and felt out of place with them. EXCEPT my graying hair! Now, I did have one cousin that I was more in tune with and ended up spending a lot of time with, she was laughing at me in how patient I was in getting to know all my relatives and the attention I was getting; her sitting there knowing it had to be a culture shock for me as she read my thoughts. I was literally talking to 2 or 3 people at the same time in separate conversations, looking back and forth, and I really don’t think they noticed. Anyway, my cousin looked really good and she is 8 years older than I. We talked about the genetics of the gray hair in which she told me her real hair color is pure white. I could not even imagine her with white hair and thought of what a drastic difference it made. Sooo, now I’m dyeing my hair, it really does make a difference in the appearance of my age. It’s so apparent that I’m going to fight and not accept this aging process to the end. I’ve just committed to training some young men with weights, have set high goals for myself to reach in a couple years at 50. I’ve started taking Greek in part to help strengthen my memory. Diet and skin are also on the top of the list. I just don’t feel ready to get old, but the reality is setting in and the battle has begun.