I mean, at 67 I can still do everything I used to, but that isn’t going to last — every day I’m a little bit weaker, a little bit Parrot Pennywise I will make you float too Halloween shirt a little bit more forgetful. (My father’s widow is 79 and she still shovels snow, but most of us won’t be as healthy as she is. Good motivation to work out, though!) Then too, there’s the change in one’s personal appearance. It’s kind of horrifying to see how old my friends look — I, of course, am an exception. And sadly, that has an effect on sex. You’re no longer as attractive, your partners are no longer as attractive. Even 80 year olds say that you’re always 18 inside — it’s true. You think of Grandma and Grandpa as basically different, but inside their carapaces, they aren’t. At the same time, you know that your life is winding down, that more of it is behind you and less in front. In particular, you’ve watched friends and loved ones die, and that changes your outlook on life; you’re more accepting of death, of the end, and you realize that your own death isn’t what hurts, but the death of those dear to you. The strange thing about all of this, though, is that in studies, old people are the happiest group. We aren’t struggling to send our kids to college and then take care of our aging parents. If we had a boring job, we’ve retired, and if we didn’t, chances are we’re still working and having a good time too! And we really don’t have anything to prove. We’ve done our bit, and no one can fault us because we’ve done it and we just don’t care. Any fool who was “booed” that many times over a spance of four and a half turbulent, idiotic, are-you-serious years needs to be committed if he’s even remotely entertaining the idea of running. Again.