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One of the greatest problems with aging, for other people who have to deal with it, is that the aging person does not accept that he or she can’t do it any more.
My attitude to aging is that I shall adjust my life according to impairment. My mother, once she got to this point, unfortunately was a bit of a handful and apparently took the keys to her car and drove it – down the wrong side of a motorway. They stopped her, my stepfather sold the car.
He himself was still working and relied on that car to get him out and about but even he recognized the signs when he clipped his garage door upright – it was time to give it away.
My own retirement from the road was in Russia, the car herself was on her last legs, I sold her and bought a Macbook Pro. When I got back to Blighty, it didn’t seem a good idea to get back on the road with the insane police presence and my cavalier way of driving … so I didn’t get back into it. I’d have racked up points like nobody’s business.
I’ve no regrets whatever. One ages, that’s that.
Are you prepared to age gracefully or in a Dylan Thomas way?