My Milestone Birthday

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My Milestone Birthday


Dear Future Centenarian,

It's today! And the only thing that doesn't suck about it is, I'm alive and well.

How I envy they young! At least their prospects for long futures.

Fifty was no big deal. It came and went without a second thought except for an insert in my daily planner that read "The first 50 years of my life."

Sixty was different. I hardly thought about it until THE DAY. The 59th year and 364th day of my life was like any other.

Then "wham!" The psychological impact the next day hit me hard. Physically, I felt the same. But the next ten years, and especially the last few, seemed to age me more rapidly than before. Was it because aging accelerates as we get older? Was it due to stress? Could it be possible that I caused it by somewhat obsessing over aging? Or maybe it's just my imagination.

Whatever. Even though I seem to function just as well as before, and even though my strength and endurance didn't seem to fade over the past twenty years, I certainly don't look like a kid anymore. And for the first time during the month's leading up to my 70th birthday, I was conscious of the impending milestone.

One particular "friend" doesn't help by continually reminding me of my age. He lives in the past, figuring his life is a dead end and doesn't understand when I insist mine is just starting. As you can imagine, I try to stay as far away from him as possible.

In spite of not seeing the small print as well (or even the medium print) I don't notice any deterioration in my cognitive or physical activities. (BYW, has anyone seen my car keys? While you're looking, see if you can find my glasses too.)

This is the first time in my life that I feel a chapter has been turned. I certainly don't feel old, but I do feel more MATURE. I'm not as delusional about successfully flirting with the young girls, I care less and less about covering up my ever-increasing gray hairs, and I feel more urgency than ever to get the research done as fast as possible.

I did enjoy a pre-birthday birthday party with my cousin, my ex and some other close friends. My ex reminded me that she's almost as old as I was when we met. I then pointed out that I looked so much younger then that she looks now. Actually, that's not true at all. She looks unbelievingly great, but she, like me and everyone at our table are aging faster than we'd like.

Having said all that, life is good. 70 is a stimulating reminder and more incentive to keep my eye on the life extension ball and to spend less time on mundane escapist thoughts and activities.

So I certainly don't consider 70 as old. But other people do, and that's probably what bugs me. One day, the public's perception of old will move far forward as we slow and reverse the biological effects of aging. And I anticipate the day when every adult will be ageless.

Meanwhile, 70 sucks in so many ways¦ and is positive in many others.

More Life,
David Kekich

P.S. Today's page in my daily planner says "The first 70 years of my life."


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