The Aging Problem (we didn’t address it)

I’ve always had this sense that I’m growing old too fast, that time is passing me by at a rate out of my control. Sometimes it leads me to believe that I’m older than I really am and the “get off my lawn” in me comes out until something or someone brings me crashing back down from my naivety in what is often quite humbling or embarrassing circumstances.

But now it’s starting to show. And I don’t mean in the corny sense of creaking bones and making groaning noises whenever you get in or out of your seat.

My locks are taking leave of me.

This is something kind of difficult for me to accept. Two years ago I had two feet of out-of-control red hair bursting from my head like a wild mane, but now my hair is shorter cut and the quiet thinning and recession of the hairs atop my head give me a very solemn pause. It’s somewhat confronting. There is no way to deny the physical, my body is aging, decaying. I had a basic urge to fight back, to revolt. I fossicked through the back of my mind for the names of hair replacement therapy centres passed onto me through the television on the lips of muscle-bound early thirties coming fresh out of the surf or with some blonde pet draped around them underarm. But that’s not my answer. It’s a futile attempt to hide from time, from nature, to fight the future. If this is what the ravages of time have in store for me, then I have only to accept it. Just like a scar or mended bone, the tone of skin and shape of face that I was born into, this is my lot, and I will learn to love it, and in part because of its flaws, not in spite of them.

There is no fighting change, and my body grounds me in that more than most things. Sometimes I feel I have to run twice as fast just to stay where I am, that I’m constantly having to try harder to keep as fit as I once kept by simply rolling out of bed each day (and sometimes not).

My fear of age is of finding myself too late for something, late for living, for being alive. That is where my concern is born from. But I’ve never heard the starters gun, nor had sight of the finish line. So while I remain aloof of this tracks destination, to struggle against moving from this station, in body, mind or any other measure seems the eternal errand of fools.

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