Tonight I watched, on television, Billy Connolly. What a fantastic character he is. He spoke about having Parkinson’s disease and his journey through life. I have enjoyed his humour and fun for many, many years. He has been a constant within my life in many ways.
He spoke of how, as he has aged, certain faculties have, one by one, been removed. And this is true for most humans. As we age we lose our youthful energy, and with that, things such as our ability to remember; our hearing and eyesight; our flexibility of mind and body.
And this is the crux of my thoughts tonight. Whilst listening to and watching this wonderful individual I couldn’t help but think – this is not happening to me. I am now more energised than I’ve been for some years; even before the illness of 2013 – 2016. My body is now more capable of dancing the night away than previous to 2013. In fact, we, Keith and I, drove down to Sydney last Friday (a two hour drive) to attend a social ballroom night. Then Saturday night found us at another dance. And, yet again yesterday, Sunday, saw us tripping the light fantastic at our regular Sunday social. Three dances in three days, which we also did the previous week.
Now I’m not saying that this isn’t the usual for some. However, when K and I dance, we really dance! No shuffling around the floor for us. Oh no! We ballroom like we are on the comp floor – hahah – and we love it.
What still surprises me is how I am able to do this. I am now 69 years old with the energy and strength of someone half my age, at least.
I know this is due to backwards aging, and yet it does still surprise me, to a degree. I walk about with this secret, so to speak, and enjoy my secret as I interact with youthful vibrancy.
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