Friday, December 17, 2010

How Good Am I Now?

Still on The Hill
     On the way to Ithaca this morning I tuned into my favorite country and western music station and heard the song "I Aint as Good as I Once Was" by Toby Keith.   The lyrics are basically a lament that time has passed and the cowboy still has the desire to drink, love and fight but albeit with a reduced ability to do so.   The fire is still there but the years have reduced the ability to perform.   As the years progress, I guess all of us geezers can identify with these laments.   We still have the fire but time has taken its toll on the body ( and maybe the mind too).
    I refuse to be melancholy about this state because the fire is still there and enjoying life in the senior years is still available along with making volunteer contributions to society.   While I am not as good as I once was, I still had a great day of tennis in the morning,  skiing this afternoon and the love of a fabulous wife.   I am not as good as I once was but in many ways life is better than it ever has been.
    As to my skiing ability in the past and my skiing ability at the present, I am satisfied that I am probably technically a better skier now than a I ever was years ago thanks to  better equipment and improved techniques.

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