It’s Tough to Get Old

If you could choose one thing you can no longer do and suddenly had the strength/time/resources to do once again, what would it be?

For those of you who don’t yet know, it’s tough to get old.  It isn’t just one thing that you’d like to do again; it’s a whole list of things.

For starters, my back hurts right below my rib cage, and no amount of massaging makes any difference. I go to a chiropractor as well, and that helps, but nothing totally takes the pain away. Sitting for an extended period of time is almost impossible, and if you’re a writer you spend a lot of time sitting in front of your computer. This problem is definitely impacting my productivity. It takes much longer to write a novel than it used to. I’ve also noticed that my fingers don’t dance across the keyboard as quickly as they used to.

I can’t stand for extended periods of time either, which means that walking is limited. We walk the dog every day, but it only takes thirty or forty minutes, and when we finish I’m ready to get off my feet. This limits travel options. I’d love to go to Greece and explore the old ruins, but I’m not sure my back would like it.

Housework of course suffers also. I always took pride in my home and made sure it was clean and neat. Well, I’ve started to cut a few corners. It’s still clean, but it isn’t always neat. Throughout the day I pile things at the foot of the stairs, and I take them up when I have to go upstairs.

So what’s my answer to the question? I’d like to be able to move around as easily as I used to. No more stiffness or soreness. I’m sure that would make me pretty happy. I might even take up horseback riding again.

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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7 Responses to It’s Tough to Get Old

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Horseback riding! That’s something this city kid would love to try again. The only time I rode was at summer camp, when we followed the leader through a trail. Well, our horses followed the lead horse. I can’t imagine how my back would feel if I tried that now.

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  2. No, no horsed for me.I was never comfortable on them. As for cutting corners on housework, I am there, but take consolation in this: I can’t go up stairs without taking forever and being in real pain, so it’s one-level houses for me.

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    I totally agree that it’s tough growing old.
    Back pain is also a long-time associate of mine… but perhaps I’ll explain more about that tomorrow.
    We have an interesting assortment of topics for this quarter at 4F1H — quite a few have been “deep” (or at least required deep thinking of me).
    Wonder what I’ll come up with for Hound Day?

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  4. Horseback riding, would be wonderful. I’m sorry that you have to deal with so much pain and discomfort.

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