44 Is a pretty good number, right? Hank Aaron wore it. So did Reggie Jackson and Willie McCovey, so it can't be all that bad. If you don't recognize any of those names you have no idea what it's like to be 44! Since we're 11 News, here's my list of 11 observations, about reaching the mid-forties.
1) You can hurt yourself doing yard work. I've done it, I slightly pulled a muscle pulling weeds. It's tough to explain a gardening injury.
2) You really can walk into another room and forget why you went there by the time you arrive. We all thought this was a myth when our parents mentioned it years ago.
3) Everyone you watch play sports is younger than you. Everyone.....except maybe Randy Johnson. To me though, they still seem like the grown-ups.
4) You can finally start to appreciate some, SOME, of the music you hated when it first came out decades earlier. Maybe it's out of a sense of nostalgia, but I can now tolerate stuff I used to hate. I'm not admitting what it is.
5) You can finally accept your own flaws and learn to work around them.
6) You have a better appreciation for qualities such as deference and diplomacy, and for when it's appropriate to apply them.
7) You listen better, even of you don't hear as well!
8) You sometimes have to do the math to remember how old you're turning.
9) You value places more than things.
10) You value people more than places or things.
11) You can lie about your age, I'm really 45.
(that's not true, but I wanted to end on a lighter note)
You're as young as you feel. My buddies and I talk about how we all consider ourselves to be something like 27-ish. No one else considers us to be that, but we do. So I guess 44 is pretty good number.
43 would be better.
We'll talk again soon.
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