Things fall apart: Fear of getting older
Everyone in America today seems to be totally worried about terrorism and the economy. Sure, I also worry a lot that the Bush-Obama administration's excessive love of bankers and weapons manufacturers has screwed up my country -- but, frankly, I've got far more important things to worry about right now, things that are far more closer to home. I'm more worried about getting older and watching my body fall apart than I am about terrorists and the economy.
Recently I started taking a Jin Shin Jyutsu class, wherein the instructor keeps telling me that if I only do this or do that, my body and mind will start functioning better. But, hey, just look what I have to work with! My body parts are clearly wearing out. Where was Jin shin Jyutsu 40 years ago -- when I had a much higher quality product to work with.
Here's a video of the three main JSJ self-help body holds. If you are young, you might want to try them. They will probably work better for you than they do for me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNzcWKKV52s
There is one advantage to being old, however. I no longer have to worry about global warming, economic disaster, irradiation by depleted uranium and the oceans rising over my doorstep -- because within the next 20 years I'll be dead. Ha! All you young strong healthy types who can still do cartwheels and run marathons will be stuck with all this deadly Bush-Obama mess -- but I won't be. Ha!
But, like I said, the disadvantage of being older is that all my stuff is now all falling apart. And even if Americans move quickly, stop using cars, become socialists, kick all the bankers out of the Pentagon and save the world, all you young guys perhaps may get saved -- but I'm still gonna be old.
PS: One thing I would really like to do that would most likely improve my life span -- or at least my memory -- is to win the lottery and move someplace where they don't put fluoride in the water.
PPS: I'm leaving for Miami on Friday, to have lunch at the Versailles restaurant on Calle Ocho in Little Havana and keep my eyes peeled for Fidel Castro while I eat fried plantains. Hey, you never can tell. (And even Fidel Castro is actually getting OLD.)
Then I'm going to leave the next day for Chile, to be down there in time for the Chilean presidential elections. This election is a big deal! I myself am rooting for Marco Enriquez-Ominami, an independent running on a center-left platform. He's not only popular in Chile but he's also a good guy who (hopefully) won't sell out his constituency to the highest bidder the moment he gets elected on a platform of "change".
PPPS: Here's a video of Mena's friend Fami's birthday party. Fami just turned two. This video is totally non-political -- except that it's virtually living proof that we CAN "all just get along". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEOtgUbTO3A.