Mike's Blog: Getting old stinks

In the television business today, those in management want folks to BLOG. They say it's a way to connect with viewers. I have resisted the idea for a long time because I don't want to talk about weather. I do it four to five times a day, five days a week.

That being said,  I've decided to blog about something I've been thinking about a lot lately: getting old.

As we start down this road, let me say that I'm not a trained journalist so some of my writing may not meet with the approval of English teachers and grammar experts.

Why am I talking about getting old? Because I am. I have never been secretive about my age. I am now 63 years old. I can now draw social security. I can now get senior citizen discounts almost everywhere. I spend a lot of time seeing doctors.

I think the first thing that started going away as I aged was my athletic skills. Having spent 20 years in the military, I was always very active in sports. I was never real good at sports, but I was very active. I played at tennis, football, volleyball and softball. I was actually pretty good at softball.

The last time I played softball, about a year ago, I fell trying to run down a pop-up. I landed on my elbows and screwed up both of my rotator cuffs. I should have an operation to repair them, but I am putting it off until I can't move my arms. I have also blown out a knee and strained a foot.

I now watch a lot of sports. Because of my watching sports instead of playing I have problems with my weight. Due to complications with weight gain I have started working out again. Nothing exotic, just treadmill, stationary bike and elliptical. Needless to say I have discovered muscles I forgot I had. Unfortunately they all hurt.

The good thing is I'm losing weight, down about 20 pounds. My goal is 50 pounds.

Other issues with getting older are health issues, thinking about finances as you contemplate retirement and losing friends and family. I'll talk about this issues in later installments. If you have any thoughts about aging, please feel free to share. Until then keep on looking down the road.

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