Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Good wine matures with age...
I am yet to come to terms with something I read a couple of days ago in the Hindu. I start my day with two ordinary newspapers – The Hindu and The Times of India and try to squeeze in the Economic Times and The Business Line before the end of day.
The usually solid and staid Hindu shook me up when it proclaimed in no uncertain terms that I AM OLD!!! This profound statement was backed by a study done by some people who make a living studying such profound theories. Before you wonder why my age is news, let me clarify anybody aged beyond 26 years and 364 days are old. The study revealed that old age and decline starts at 27 and the peak for a person is 22 years.
The first question that hit me was, “Why did I not know this earlier?” the next question immediately following was “What did I do when I was 22?”.
The answer to the first was easy enough, the Hindu edition was printed as early as 3 nights ago, but the second answer was very disturbing – I was in all probability working (nothing has changed since), in all probabilities I would not have done anything that would have strained the peak of my prowess even back then.
So what are the symptoms of old age? Decline in the senses, motor skills, you know the like. I should have figured this out when reaching out for the calculator on the desktop to do some simple arithmetic or when I put a reminder on my cell phone for an important birthday.
Now that I have come down from any euphoric highs I may have had I know what I must do… If you can’t beat the tide, you might as well ride it.