………. here that means the end of the football season (Aussie rules). The big grand final is on Saturday, but all around in the parks and recreation ovals the footie posts have been taken down. In their place the cricket pitches are revealed once again, ready for the upcoming summer sport – cricket.
I m not a football fan, but I use this scenario to illustrate one of the frustrating realities of life as one gets older – time goes by much quicker.
Of course it doesn’t actually pass by quicker – but it sure seems so. There is a saying that age doesn’t matter, that it is simply a state of mind. I have tried to follow this belief as the years have passed by quicker and quicker. The annoying thing is that there is truth to the notion that it’s all in the mind. I still feel young, I still think like I did in my twenties and thirties, I still want to enjoy and excel in the same things. The problem is that my body is interfering in this endeavor. Obviously I don’t expect to be playing rugby, or squash as I used to, and the sporting love of my life – skiing – is a million miles away from Western Australia ( my choice to live here, no grumbles), but the damned thing just doesn’t work like it used to …. ie properly!
Heart problems, blood cancer, endless doctors appointments and the scourge of chemotherapy have conspired to control my life in a way which I could never have imagined as twenty or thirty something. It is worth noting at this point that I have always eaten healthily, been active, maintained good body weight, never smoked. In fact never ill at all up until my heart attack 3 years ago. So much for a healthy lifestyle as the answer to longevity!!!
So – another season passes by and I have yet another doctors appointment this afternoon, It’s almost becoming my hobby! I have always been positive and I do my best to maintain a sense of humour, but the onset of another cricket season, when I thought the footie season had only just started has startled me.
This leads me to make two final points. First the standard advice of making the most of your youth is actually good advice. Never put off until tomorrow what can be done today.Secondly I constantly remind myself that so many of my friends and never made it to being older, so it is a stage to be cherished.
Finally a challenge for all you entrepreneurs and scientists : if you can find a way to slow down the passage of time as one gets older you will become the richest person in the history of this planet. Good luck.