The last time that I was super Agile was back in my Army Days. I was extremely agile and in excellent physical condition. Anything that the Army demanded or need to do physically I could do it. Those were my glory days. Even after I got out of the Army in Nov. 1981 I was still in great shape. This continued well into my early 40s. I did have the beginnings of arthritis but except for menstrual cramps and sometimes acne I was in fantastic condition.
During my late 30s and early 40s I had the strength and energy to earn my BA in English from Marymount Manhattan College. I Was Powerful!!
Fast forward to Nov. 2008 — Stroke. Actually I probably was having small strokes beginning at age 47. My vision was off and but I still continued to drive and made believe that I was okay. At the time I was unemployed so No health insurance therefore No doctors. Jan. 2008 I started working at the museum and had a stroke while at work. My bosses forced me to go to the hospital. I lost most of the vision in my left eye. I won’t go into the ugly details.
This was the end of my Agility.
Either last week or two weeks ago I was nearly pushed down the subway steps. This is one of my greatest fears since I have very poor depth perception. Usually when I get off the train I wait for the maddening crowds to go up the stairs first. Actually this near fall down the subway steps occurred when I was going down the steps not up but either way I leave early for work then step to the side because people are always in a mad rush! Also now I have shortness of breath so I need to rest before going up or down stairs/steps.
Over the years I’ve come to hate all stairs and steps. My ideal dream would be to live in a place with just ramps or on one level. The Aging process is slowly but surely taking away my ability to do the things I want to do. Therefore the older I get the less I socialize and tend to stay home on weekends especially in the winter when falling is a major concern. Next month I’ll be 59 and I will be staying safe at home!
The Death of Agility.