Sunday, November 21, 2010

Point to Ponder: Of Old Age Creeping In

"The way I picture it, adulthood is a big sleek jungle snake. It swallows you subtly, a bit at a time, so you barely notice the signs. You start reading the labels on things before you eat them; you find yourself listening to radio talk shows because the pop songs they play on the music stations (can this really be you thinking this?) all begin to sound the same. Before you know it, your furniture is nice. And suddenly you realize that you'd rather sit round your furniture and talk about the warning signs of colon cancer than, say, find out what happens when you set one of those plastic milk jugs on fire. And if your child sets a milk jug on fire, you yell at him, "somebody could get hurt", and really mean it, from inside the snake."
Dave Barry, Dave Barry's Greatest Hits

This is my point to ponder for this week. I found this passage from my old college days note book and it instantly struck a cord with me, the reason being that I am finding myself starting to become an adult. Yes, I know that I am married with two kids but nonetheless, I have always considered myself young at heart. I pretty much do things the way I used to when I was younger (at least that's what I think) but nowadays I get the feeling that I am starting to feel a bit older. I find myself frantically looking at my watch whenever I go out for a drink with friends, and when the clock strikes midnight, my heart is set on home. You have to have a very good reason to get me out of the house on Sundays. I hardly enjoy modern music and whenever I am looking for music or movies, my mind travels back several years back. I find FM radio stations boring. Yes, I need to be on the watch out lest adulthood make me start missing life!

8 comments:

  1. Dear Lord! Now I know why my friends look at me funny when I hand them my player to sample my kind of music! But then again, I think I was born old. Or was I? Thing is, I don't feel like I'm losing much in the battle to stay young! So here's to old age minus the creaking bones!

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  2. Carol, the question is where your heart is, you might be getting on in age but staying young at heart! But then when I look at some of the young around me, I figure there are stuff that I'd rather get on in age than stay young!

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  3. Ha! Wazee ni nyinyi.

    Get this though. Someone born in year 2000 is an adult. A working adult. Maybe even a parent.

    Ok now I feel old.

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  4. Sorry I meant someone born in 1990!

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  5. Hey Shiko, I almost thought your are 10 yrs old! Makes sense now!

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  6. Haha. I'm way older than 10. Way older than 20 even.

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  7. when you count white hairs on your head....and they are no longer in single figures.....
    Charlo, how did you cope having white hair ealy in life, in high school! Mine is begining to work on me oh....!

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  8. Charlse readin ur comment find myself relating to it, I no longer watch 1 program a a time, kip shuffling the channels, when the clock hits midnite am already thinkinn bout my bed, you make anything on Sunday be sure I will not show up, and am still not married. I think i'm getting old. The rate at which am collecting soul and zilizopendwa music is alarming..

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