So when we're young, we think we're Superman, Batman, or whatever superhero comes to mind.
Our bodies are beautiful, supple, strong, and heal quickly.
We are taught by our helicopter parents and philosophic teachers that "You can do anything you set your mind to!"
In our fantasies, we surely can do amazing things--we lift unbelievable weight, fly around at the speed of light, do karate better than Bruce Lee, outthink Einstein, save the world, and then make off with the beautiful damsel to boot.
Kryptonite is no problem--we are (seemingly) invincible.
Then we hit middle age--40 something--and all of a sudden what do you know?
Oh, this doesn't work right and that doesn't feel right.
The Yiddish expression, "Oy vey" seems about it.
And off to the doctors we go.
After the exam and tests, doc says, "Mr. (or Ms.) [whatever], you have [fill in the blank]."
You respond, "Is that normal--at my age--already?"
Doc says, "Absolutely, this is what happens as you get older."
I say, "Doc, does anything good happen when we get older."
"Of course not"--we both laugh.
This reminds me of when my dad used to sing this song in this funny mock Irish accent, "You're not as young as you used to be you're getting old and gray!"
This week, a colleague was coming down with something--possibly something not good.
I told him how I hoped this turns out well for him and how sorry I was for what he was going through.
Writing off the illness, he says to me, "We all end the same anyway" (i.e. we all end up dead!)--ah, another unhappy notion that is.
I joked back, "But we all don't end up in the same place."
I got a few laughs at that too (some of my father in me).
Well anyway, I thought about this after--about some of the special subhuman beings out there--and the very special place that I am certain G-d has in store for them:
- Serial murders and other violent criminals
- Rapists and child abusers
- Terrorists and their sponsors
- Megalomaniacs, bullies, and corrupt officials
- Thieves, cheats, and liars.
And guess what about these schmendricks--they get old too, they go to the doctor too, and then they are going somewhere warm, very warm, and it's not to the Caribbean. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)