This subject is packed with potential realizations. I like the variations of thought on this OP. Aging may be the most important operation in our lives. We are wiser and more flexible in thinking (or begrudgingly more sterile and stubborn, depending upon our BASE Views of Life). I know a mechanic who seems always in a crisis, simply said. No, I don't know the details of his life, but he struggles all the same.
Then there is the Assistant manager to our store: he gets physically sick alot since he migrated from the far north to our southern climate. I've never seen so many lost days of work for the recurring sickness that he has. I can only guess that he is allergic to the sub-tropical environment?
I had pneumonia twice, due only to exhaustive work schedules that limited my sleep time. I also had three ear infections due to the saltwater I used to swim in. I have not been to the beach in two decades.
Aging is a unique, personal project. No two people take the same path, nor do they experience the same dilemmas. I have abdominal pain that seems to be consistent, yet it hurts more when I'm active. I suffer less when I'm resting. Also, my priorities have changed. Survival is even more important now than ever before when I took life carelessly. I actually thought, in my thirties, that I was invincible. (Crazy).
My intelligence is far beyond my high school days. I enjoy the subjects here, and contribute as well as I can.
I have just now arrived at retirement age. I have signed up for Medicare and, after much deliberation with people, to retire and collect Social Security. This still allows me to work less days than before. It is also to help pay the Medicare premiums. It doesn't get any better than this for someone who has worked for four decades. It is time to take it easy and work for fun, not just duty. I am looking forward to this change.