Thursday, June 14, 2012

Malfunctions, terminal and other...

As one gets older there is a tendency to become more aware of the potential for one's system to malfunction. Naturally the media has picked up this and one is confronted with an seemingly endless list on helpful articles containing advice on how to cope with this. The problem with these is that so many of them seem to concentrate on what might best be described as Terminal Malfunctions, like strokes, heart attacks and great-grandchildren. I cannot say that these, with the exception of the last one, are my primary concerns as they are by definition terminal and as such fall into that most welcome category of problem classifications - they are an SEP - "Someone Else's Problem". Now an almost-terminal malfunction that you survive and recover from is another matter completely.

However what I am getting at here is the minor malfunctions that one lives with day after day. Presbyopia, short-term memory loss, fleeting loss of balance and other co-ordination related events. There are preventable problems like learning not to drink anything after 8pm unless you really want to wake up early the next morning. But, at the end of the day - or approaching it as slowly as possible, in my case - you have to work with what you've been left with.

So celebrate your crankiness and wear your coke-bottle lensed glasses with pride. Until your personal voyage reaches it's final destination you can at least try to remain the captain of your own ship.

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