At a certain point in your life…it gets to be, how do I say this delicately…”too late.” My previous post was about the joy of doing things for the first time. I’m tackling the opposite issue today.
If you are lucky enough to reach a certain age, not doing something ever again, is what you must make peace with.
When you are young, everything is possible, time stretches to eternity. So, if you are a young reader (and I know you’re reading me!): do whatever you want to do now, when you have the time to learn but most important, the physical capability.
I felt this loss keenly this past winter when I was on an alp in Engelberg, Switzerland. As I switched gondolas and cable cars all the way to the top of Mt. Titlis, I watched the skiers enjoy their day of thrilling beauty and exercise. I was overcome by a searing sadness as I understood that I would never again enjoy the swish swoosh of skiing. I remembered the bracing feeling of snow wet cheeks, the exhilaration of a body in harmony with nature, the sounds of snow crunching and spraying, the physical challenges and triumphs as evidenced by the pleasant exhaustion at the end of the day.
If you have to ask why I won’t ski again… old(er) knees and a bit of something in the hip. Boring, I know, which is why I won’t even go there.
But! And there’s always a but! I can enjoy being in the Alps, looking at the Alps, walking the Alps in summer. I can partake of aprés ski life all day long.
Which led me to think what else will I never do?
I’m sure there are many things, because life is that big. But off the cuff, I don’t think I’ll ever climb Mt. Everest, waterski or paddleboard. I think my days of learning Mandarin or playing bridge have passed me by. Why is it that bridge players love playing bridge but refuse to teach a beginner to play?
I think my window on learning golf is waning. I’m just not that interested and I’d rather spend my time and money on travel than join a country club.
It’s what growing up has always been about: making choices.
I can’t play tennis, but I can be the world’s expert tennis fan. I attend tournaments, in person and virtually. Ice skating, too, might be hazardous. So there too, I am the primo appreciative audience.
I don’t mean to sound like Debbie Downer, but information is power, and you need the information on your soul in order to navigate the beauty and wisdom of age.
The body starts limiting certain activities, but the mind, soul and heart are filled forever with endless possibilities.
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