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It’s hard to notice those small changes as you age. You adapt, hide, minimize, change direction, institute routines to keep things at previous levels. It’s those noticing times where you pause. Maybe its taking off the glasses for a while and looking. Maybe its at a party where you finally give up the struggle of hearing everything and politely excuse yourself to get another drink. Maybe its making and old spin move that was easy and effortless and tripping over the ball on the way to the hoop.

Photo by Mike Hartley

It’s those moments that give you pauses you didn’t have previously in life. You are faced with the new reality. You are going to have to continue to adapt. I guess I’ve already been doing that for years in a number of ways professionally and personally, but these physical differences didn’t impact changing roles at the job or becoming a parent or going for a run.

But we should also not get too wrapped up in those things. There are a lot of friends who aren’t around to have those moments. There are others who would love to have such simple problems because they are really sick. There are others that would even love to have a hoop and shoot and play in their driveway and the energy and time available but don’t.

So today is a half and half day. I’m feeling very fortunate and thankful in many ways.  But I’m also looking for the knife that is stabbing me in the lower back and thinking I better put on my glasses before I stub my toes and go hoping around the house cursing.

Wind and water.
Photo by Mike Hartley

OK this is a nature observation. It’s frigging windy as hell. Sounds like a constant roar of trains going by. Driving was fun yesterday and this morning. Luckily I have a rather low profile ride, but its light. It was kind of like watching a NASCAR race this morning. We were 3 wide and the wind was moving everybody all over the track. There was riding on the apron. There was someone who got into the unsafer barrier. There was debris on the track. Everyone was loose, I guess the tires hadn’t gotten up to pressure.

Anyway it was interesting. I got out of some traffic at a few points because there seemed to be a lot of armatures on the course.

Random Thoughts of the Day

Take the time to get to know people. It can pay off.

Sometimes its good to keep plugging away no matter the futility that it may seem.

If you can find the reward in something does it matter if anyone else feels its worthy?

Think I’ll get the camera out of the bad and grab a few early morning shots.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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