THE AGING PROCESS - 10.19.20
October 19, 2020
As those that follow Rupp's Notes know, I'm no spring chicken. At 83, I'm at the stage where some of my bodily functions don't work quite the way they used to. But, my brain seems to be keeping pace. Well, I say that knowing I'm not up to speed on the latest lingo and some of the new devices. I've settled in pretty well, and I'm having fun writing the FBI Special Agent Hartmann Series. Mainly doing research to make my stories more accurate and exciting. My upcoming novel "Death Behind the Pink Wall" is more detailed, has more dialog, and more action than the first two. It's part of "growing up." Hopefully, my readers will like the change.
I have been watching the MASTERPIECE series Flesh and Blood staring Francesca Annis. Yesterday, MASTERPIECE published a piece about the series and its star. It included a segment where Francesca Annis comments about aging. Her comments are right on the spot and triggered this post. Here's that segment -
Despite her exciting younger years, however, Annis doesn't lament getting older. "I think your life gets richer as you get older," the actress said. "And the whole fabric gets so much more complicated. I know when you're younger, you think your life is complicated. Because it most probably is emotionally. But as you get older, it's not just the emotional things. It's all of the other things. The practical things. The many people you know who need care and attention. And all sorts of different generations in your life."
"I always think that every decade there is a change in you. You change, your attitudes change, you change physically, you change mentally. That's why it's so important to live in the moment. There's no good thinking ahead. It's too abstract. And there's no good thinking about the past because it's gone."
Yes – LIVE IN THE MOMENT. I have always counseled you can't waste time looking back. There is nothing you can do about it. Keep your eyes looking ahead. This particularly applies to 2002.
This year has been a challenge for everyone. Young and old. I laughed at a FaceBook post this morning. It was a Halloween post that showed a front yard decked out with pumpkins, black steamers, and with a big 2002 sign in the middle. Yes, 2002 is scary. It possibility has sped up the aging process for some.
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