Not two days pass in my life in which I don't find myself in excruciating self-inflicted pain.
I stub my toes. Regularly.
Sometimes while I'm walking, my natural motion will just see me just whack my hand into something like a desk or a counter. I think I'm thinner than I am so I often walk into walls when taking a corner.
|That's the Combo#4 at 'Smithfield Chicken & BBQ.' It's got|
two pieces of fried chicken, BBQ pork, potato salad, slaw and
fried hush puppies. One of many meals I used to enjoy that
would today leave me eating Tums for a week straight.
I stub my toes. Regularly.
Sometimes when I run upstairs, my foot slips off the top step and I stumble forward into the wall.
I fumble around in the dark with the best of them. And did I mention I stub my toes regularly? Oh yeah, and of course I regularly drop things on my feet, which are tender from all the stubbing.
When natural predispositions don't lead me into pain, I'm often guilty of outright sabotaging myself. I've got two bags of golf clubs that hang from the rafters in my garage. They dangle about six feet off the ground. I'm just a bit under 6 feet 3 inches tall so you do the math on that equation.
Apparently, the threat of this pain is never enough to actually get me to move, get my drill, get on my ladder and make a new spot from which to hang the bags.
I say all of this because I had a birthday last week and I'm now firmly on the wrong side of my mid 30s and staring squarely at 40.
Accordingly, I'm finally coming to terms with some things about life at this age. The fact that I'm clumsy is just one of them. The fact that I'm too lazy to re-hang the golf bags even when they present a clear threat, is another.
Another fact is that I'm now more predisposed to be hurt by food.
Pasta sauce isn't the reliable meal ingredient it once was. However, the persistent heart-burning sensation it leaves in its wake is totally consistent.
Pulled pork (not that I should be eating it anyways) should be permanently stricken from my menu. Likewise for ice cream, dark beer, most brown liquors, potato chips and just about every other food and drink that you enjoy but, of course, should not be eating or drinking.
The body has a none-too-subtle way of steering you away from the bad things and, as you age, that guidance becomes evermore pronounced.
|Another beautiful beer not available in five packs.|
So enjoyment of food and drink are in the process of being redefined.
Unexplained aches and pains are part of life now too, though they're mercifully short lived. As a borderline hypochondriac, unexplained pains are particularly bothersome. A cough can become strep throat in no time and shoulder aches easily evolve into a torn labrum.
|Me and the newest Blackwell upgrade.|