Pain, the manageable kind, tells you at least that you’re still connected to your body glove, though you might wish you could turn off that switch (maybe at bedtime?)
Oldness, as it sets in, hopefully brings with it the compiled wisdom of your life, and not too much bitterness that makes you look at the young with envy.
Your creeping infirmities will be put into perspective when you notice some of the “young”, in their 40’s or 50’s, with bowed backs, bad legs, addictions, or wheelchair bound.
Sometimes, you receive spontaneous smiles from strangers, and it makes your day.
People ask for your advice.
If you’re lucky, there are grandchildren.
You get cheaper haircuts and movies.
Your auto insurance costs less.
You can take naps, and no one says anything.
Free money from the government every month.
And, you can stay up until 3:00 am and write blogs on the iPad your daughter bought you.
Lee Dunn has been writing since the age of 18, but found that work got in the way for the ensuing 48 years. In his home town of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he reveled in his independence at an early age, and spent as much time as he could exploring the city’s Arts scene. He was introduced to poetry and prose by the works of two literary giants, namely J.R.R. Tolkien and J.W. Lennon and thence fell in love with the written word. His work includes poetry, short fiction, and personal essays, and ranges in theme from the surreal to the horrific, nostalgic, and themes on the human condition. He has been published on Spillwords.com, The Dark Poets Club, Journal of Undiscovered Poets, Crepe & Penn Literary magazine, and the Shelburne Free Press.