How Fragile The Body Is

How fragile the body is,

Abused in youth…

Cigarettes, whiskey and lust.

No worries,

It will last forever…

Agile and strong.

Foolish we are in our early years

Believing we are invincible.

Then suddenly we awaken,

Backs ache,

Knees crack,

Eyesight weakens;

Who is this elder in the mirror?

Perhaps the best we can do is to live well,

Saving a piece of this body for old age.

The day the first pains arrive

Is the day we finally realize

…We aren’t immortal.

 

~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

 

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22 thoughts on “How Fragile The Body Is

  1. So true. It just hit me the last couple of years. I was still thinking I was in my 20s till one day I woke up and realized I was in my 40s. Not as fast as I was. Can’t ride my mountain bike all day. Can’t drink alcohol because it takes a week to recover, when I was young I could go all night and work all day. It all catches up. I accept it and want to explore this new chapter in life, which comes with a different perspective of life.

    • I’m in very much the same situation as you. I used to be able to do all of those things, biking, drinking and partying all day and night and not give it a second thought. Now that I’m over 50 those days are behind me. I will say though that there are some very good things about getting older that I wouldn’t trade to get my youth back. Thank you for the thoughtful comment my friend, I really do appreciate it.

  2. I think it’s a good thing we’re foolish in our younger years — it gives us memories to smile about, or shake our heads about 🙂 But then, at some point, that elder in the mirror shows up… then living well and being smart about it becomes much more important.

    • I suppose that you are right. I do look back at some of the stupid things I did when I was young (not that I still don’t do stupid thing) and I do laugh about them. They are wonderful memories of sorts. 🙂

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