The only mention of a cure (or a way to alleviate the symptoms) was through “exercise, better diet, and a decrease in alcohol consumption”. That’s it. So, it’s easy to see why I witnessed a doubling of effort to keep an intense physical routine going these past 15 years. It does take a chunk out of the day (an hour or 2 here or there, everyday). But I also have experienced a normal flow of energy, and a very rare spate of moodiness. Actually, I don’t think that’s the correct word. I just call it “low energy” – where I don’t feel like doing much of anything. I sat in front of my computer wanting to write this article yesterday, and NOTHING came out. I just sat there, and actually fell asleep staring at the computer screen. At first I attributed it all to my lack of desire to confront this topic, but – no – it was just me “falling asleep at the wheel” from several intense cross-country ski workouts in a row.
What else can one do, besides hours on the road/on the skis/on the bike/on the trail? I can’t say how much I have enjoyed the prospect of “growing mature” (I did NOT say “growing old” – okay?). My only regret so far is that my hair hasn’t started turning white yet. I want that ultimate sign of wisdom. (hmmm, that implies I know I really am NOT wise, but just want the symbol to suggest it might be true!) Turning 50, and then 60, and soon 70 – I’ve waited for these years as a chance to finally do what I really have always wanted to do. I call it following “noble pursuits” – being more involved in community events, being kind to animals, helping old ladies cross the street – you know the schtick…and basically not having to work to earn a living! I’m talking about doing something that really makes a difference… (I know, I know, our everyday work is supposed to be productive AND constructive, but sometimes the routine makes it all seem a bit blah.). (….lapse of time…) Oh dear, I just fell asleep again at the computer. Andropause, my foot! Actually, many medical professionals do not subscribe to the existence of such a phenomenon, so I’m probably off the hook anyway. I’m not about to take supplements since I don’t really think its real (in my case of course), and besides, the downside to supplements are pretty heavy.
I have heard some people in my age bracket who occasionally take stock of their lives, and wonder if their lives have been, what? Worthwhile, productive, did they make a difference, the whole legacy-thing – what am I leaving behind that matters? That has never bothered me much, since I’m too busy gearing up for the next workout (… or falling asleep at the computer!). But now that I bring it all up, yes, I think I should start spending more time/energy on weighing in on the “worthwhile” factor of things as I choose what to do each day. There. Its done, and now I can go take a nap, or go skiing, or any other worthwhile activity!! - David Summerfield