**This is a re-worked version of a blog entry I wrote a year ago....with some changes (such as the number). It's been purged from our archives like it never existed, and this whole blog was fairly new back then so very few readers of "The Written Ward" actually saw it. So here goes.**
11 OBSERVATIONS ABOUT GETTING OLDER
You can be right in the middle of telling a story to someone, only to realize you've already told that very person that very story!
That's one of the things I've noticed about getting older...I mean about starting to get slightly older. I'm turning 45 on Friday. I don't consider that to be old...but I guess I'm slowly creeping in that direction.
Because we're 11 News, here are 11 observations about hitting the mid 40's.
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...even he retired this year. 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 some of 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 46. (that's not true, but I wanted to end on a lighter note)
Oh yeah, you can be right in the middle of telling a story to someone, only to realize......that ......you've......nevermind.
We'll talk again soon.
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