The bigger picture
My guess is that most middle-aged people when prodded to consider “aging” think immediately about what the flesh is heir to. In my case, there is the hair once “prematurely” gray now (without excuse) white. The root canals. The face that looks increasingly lived-in, the lower back that threatens to go out. Like vultures circling, the American Association of Retired Persons invites membership just before the 50th birthday; after it, Modern Maturity continually threatens to show up in the mailbox. In sum, the view from 54 is not entirely a happy picture, although the only available alternative to growing older is a great deal less appealing.
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