It is something I find myself dealing with more and more. As I have gotten older and more injuries I have been confronting limitations that I never experienced before.
Is this the normal process of aging or just limitations due to inactivity that can be pushed past with hard work. I do not know but I certainly felt the pain these last few days. And it makes me sad and frustrated. I chose to do the activity knowing that I will pay a painful price for a few days or chose not to and miss the activities that give me joy.
I make different choices based on the day or how I'm feeling but I have never had to confront this before.
I never gave it much thought before.... until it was me limping. I know that sounds shallow and unfeeling. But it is also honest. Lately I have wondered if people limp because pain causes them to wince and essentially get off the pained limb more quickly or is it caused by a contracture of a tendon or ligament causing the muscle to be unable to move to the normal length and gait or maybe a cause that I haven't even considered.
Getting older is something not often talked about in polite society. Oh sure, people talk about their aches and pains. I certainly have participated in my share of whiny monologues. But I know that I haven't heard people REALLY talk about the process of aging.
I haven't heard the talks about the disparity between what their mind and soul wants to do and the reality their aching body dictates. I haven't heard people talk about coping with the issues of adjusting to the differences is the way people interact with us as we age and our abilities are changing. Mostly while missing out on these exchanges we walk through these changes without the knowledge and support that comes from open and frank discussions often bring.
Living in a three generation household has provided me opportunity to see, and feel these differences up close. I certainly have no meaningful insights to share at this point. My granddaughter has all the energy and exuberance that youth has to offer. She often leaves Auntie and I in her dust as we explore our universe. I am grateful that she likes to go with us on our outings.
I remember a book that came out when my daughters were reaching puberty... "Our Bodies, Our Selves". It explored the changes that teenage bodies and minds were going through in an open and factual way along with teens and young peoples thoughts as they experienced the changes.
Have I missed the update for us as we are aging,
or is it yet another taboo subject that remains hidden.