Forever Young


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Forever Young.”

If there were a real Fountain of Youth, would you drink the water?

First the music:

Forever Young-Rod Stewart

Yes and I’d give some to my brother Stephen and my cats also. Just think the youth, agility and great health of my 20s coupled with the wisdom of my 50s!  A Great Deal! No more aches & pains, more energy, vim, vigor and vitality! Excellent!  Plus there would be more time in life to do the things I want to do. As I age and see more and more loved ones either pass away or develop life inhibiting challenges yes I would love to go back in time especially since I’ve had more vision problems as I get older. Yes I’d give anything to get back the 20/20 eyesight I had when I was young instead of dealing with retina troubles and the prospect of glaucoma and cataracts. Ugh!  Given my independent personality I absolutely hate asking for help mostly because I feel like a fool.

If I could not get a drink from the Fountain of Youth then I’d like the character from the Green Mile to touch my body for healing. Sadly too bad in real life healing was not available for Michael Clarke Duncan. But that is the reality of life no matter how healthy we may be now, how much we exercise or watch what we eat you can’t live forever and one day we all will get old.

22 thoughts on “Forever Young

  1. I said not too long ago that it occurred to me when I got older why youth was wasted on the young. Yes to go back to being young but with the wisdom of mid 50s would be so phenomenal. I remember when I was in my 20’s I thought 40+ was old. It’s funny how now that I’m in my 50s even 60s seems young but it beats the alternative.

    Oh and I’m with you on the glaucoma, cataracts and retnia issues. The days of 20/15 vision almost seem like they never happened. I just have to keep reminding myself that I can adjust to each change. Losing independence is frustrating but there are ways to sustain it. ~Steph

    1. Yes. Very true. As my Dad used to say “Everything is relative.” Each decade looks old until we reach that age. I’m so glad to have found your blog through David Snape. David has connected many people with his guest blog posts.

      1. Ditto. Yes, since David reblogged a post of mine my stats have jumped like crazy. I’m so grateful and overwhelmed by the people that I’ve connected with. At times it seems like a solitary journey but it really isn’t once we start a conversation.

      2. Yes David is amazing. Have you read a book about the blind called, For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind by by Rosemary Mahoney. Ms. Mahoney taught a group of blind and visually impaired adults in I think it was Tibet. The class consisted of people from many developing countries. I learned worse than the blindness is the fact that in some countries the blind are thought to be cursed or that blindness means intellectual impairment which obviously is not the case. After reading the book as much as I complain I have so many benefits and options just by living in America. Gratitude.

      3. I haven’t read the book but the name sounds familiar. You know just based on personal experience some of what goes on here in the states with regard to blindness and vision impairment sort lines up with what you just said about developing countries. I did a post on a survey done a while back in the US and results were disturbing. More people would rather have cancer or die rather than lose their sight. I get that it’s scary, I still have bad days off and on but for the most part I’ve adjusted to it like anything else. Plus there are so many good people who choose to go into the vision rehabilitation field to help those of us impacted by the loss of sight regain our independence. Most of these professionals are sighted people. Its just so misunderstood I wish I could send out a mass messge to the world to help everyone understand but even I have issues grappling with it from time to time. There are even days when I think I can see, it’s really strange.

      4. I can relate. My brother Stephen has Autism and despite my troubles I’ve been an Autism Activist for him. People have many misconceptions about Autism. I’ve had people ask me if Stephen is like the character in the movie Rain Man ~~ No! and some people even believe he is demon possessed!! Say what!! Ignorance abounds for both physically and developmentally disabled folks.

      5. Demon possessed?? You’re kidding me. That’s insane that anyone could possibly come to that conclusion but maybe I’m crazy, I just don’t know.

        Bravo for being your brother’s activist. It’s so sad that in an era of all this technology and access to information that we are still in the dark ages where disabilities are concerned. I just don’t understand what is so complicated about treating people as people. I can’t pretend to know all there is to know about disabilities but I know that it’s rude to stare, in any situation and rude comments are never in good taste. I’ll tell you what I appreciate little children any day of the week because they will just ask questions and it comes from a place of wanting to understand. One of my sons just reminded me of when he came to the aid of a kid he went to school with who had an intellectual disability and other kids were making fun of him. My son stood up to the bullies and took the kid under his wing. One of his teachers had commented on what a remarkable thing my son did.

      6. The worst came from certain family members who said my mother did something to make my brother “that way.” Needless to say I do not speak to those relatives anymore.
        Young children if raised properly will learn to accept others no matter what differences. A young cousin of ours asked me if Stephen had Autism. I said Yes then he and Stephen went back to their “Man Cave” to play video games and read car magazines. He thinks Stephen is cool and Stephen enjoys being with him also. Bravo for your son!! Standing up for what is right!! I’m sure he gets his boldness from you!! Hooray!!

      7. Just reading what your young cousin did made tears spring to my eyes. How is it the young are so much wiser than some of us adults – amazing!! Again, your brother is very blessed to have you and the relatives of which you speak , this is their loss.

  2. I don’t wish to be much younger… Teenage years were not great, and the only time I actually enjoyed myself was my brief time about five years ago when I was volunteering, and around my second year of uni and the exciting prospect of possibly going abroad as part of my course… I didn’t get to.. But I liked my life then.

    Truth be told, all I or any one of us can do is embrace whatever the decades bring-being older can be good for so many reasons.. I’m more confident, I am more aware of the years that I can do things for (childbearing, fashion,etc), aware of mortality a lot more.. And aware of my own strengths and weaknesses.. Next year, is my 30th birthday, God willing, I won’t be despairing about it!

    1. I can still work. The vision in my left eye is blurred and I do have some difficulty reading and filling out forms but I have adjusted. Thank God for Kindles! Never married so I do not have any children. No nieces or nephews as my brother never married either. My brother has Autism. He lives in a Group home and I am responsible for his care. When you’re single you learn how to take care of yourself.

      1. Oh… I hope your eyes get better.. I remembered about your brother that’s why I asked.. I didn’t realize it was just you and him as siblings.. You just have to make sure you and your group of friends keep a close eye on each other..

  3. I would definitely drink from the fountain of youth! Just to avoid the health issues though. No way do I ever want to be a teenager again, but after watching my grandma lose her eyesight and het independence, I really want to avoid those types of issues that come with getting older.

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