Because I’m too lazy this week to do any actual work, you’re getting cat videos or undeveloped thumb suckers (like this) of stuff that’s been rolling around in my head.
Today, it’s the evolution of individual life. It seems to me that aging is similar to Darwin’s theory in that as the years go by, we move from simple in infancy (food, sleep) to complex in old age – health management, time trade-offs, money shuffling, life review, grief and more. That is, big deal stuff that takes a lot of effort and attention.
This came to mind over recent weeks as I sorted through the choices for next year’s prescription drug plan, tried to decipher some proposals for potential investments (amazingly difficult for such a small amount of money), juggled available personal energy against meetings, shopping trips, house cleaning, blog writing, cooking, holiday preparation, etc. and tried to figure out why my electric bill is twice the amount it was last year at this time.
Speaking of that, although we get a raise in our Social Security benefit next year, so many of my other bills have increased that it’s mostly a wash and I’ve been running numbers to see where I can cut back.
In addition, there are some life problems of age 70 that, because I have no experience with them, require huge amounts of time. The one I mentioned a year or two ago – dramatically thinning hair – has progressed far enough now that some kind of decision must be made soon so I’m doing a whole lot of research.
Whatever I choose to do, it’s going to mean more time doing something boring every day of my life – no way to avoid that, but I intend to bitch about it anyway.
There is also a long list of updates and additions I want to make to this blog and teeth are coming up again soon. On that, there’s not much to decide; just a lot of money to spend.
And, I’ve been making notes about some end-of-life directives I want to change. Geez, it’s bad enough that we have to die, but we also have to plan it ourselves. That doesn’t seem fair.
Do you see what I mean about complexities of old age? With each passing year, it gets harder to check every item off the to-do list to earn some guilt-free time for myself. In the first year of life no more than a bottle, a burp and a clean diaper come close to describing nirvana.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Claire Jean: Hair Today/Gone Tomorrow