Thursday, February 17, 2005

Invisible man



One of the phenomenon of aging I've noticed is that you become invisible. When you are young, you walk down the street and people seem to always be aware of you. They smile and nod and say hello. But after 40, you begin to fade into the background. And each year, you seem to fade further and further into the background.

I suppose it is Karma. When I was in my 20s and early 30s, I looked at people in there 40s as shadows too far down the life path to note.

The sad thing about aging, too is that you don't feel older inside. Oh, you feel differences, but you still feel like that thin, young man inside until you look into a mirror and see this parody of your young self staring back. The real shock is to run across old photos or even worse, videos of how you looked ten or so years ago.

And this is how I feel as a middle-aged man. What can I expect when I'm elderly? What is a step beyond invisible?

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