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Published In The Great North Arrow, June 2020: The Battle Wounds Of Old Age

- jim Young "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." - John Lennon There were a lot of things I wanted to be when I grew up. A cowboy, a vet, a disc jockey, a fireman, a truck driver, an actor and more. Some of those things I became and some of those I didn’t. The one thing I did become, that I never really wanted to be, was a senior citizen but here I am. Of course it still beats the alternative. My mother used to tell me that I was a lot like Ernest Hemmingway. Unfortunately she wasn’t referring to my writing skills but rather my fear of growing old. All my life I’ve had a love/hate relationship with old people. I’ve gone through periods where I shunned old people because I felt uncomfortable around them and I’ve gone through periods where I couldn’t get enough of old people and I hung off every word and every bit of wisdom they were willing to share with me. Now people tell me that I’m old and I guess maybe I am. A lot of changes have happene