There’s an insidious middle-age affliction I’ve discovered in recent years. I call it the “Brain-Body Disconnect” - or BBD - and basically it’s when your brain thinks you’re still young, but your body (and pretty much everyone else) disagrees.
I really wish someone had warned me about this, because it can be quite embarrassing when your brain and body are not in sync….
Like when I go to a store and still automatically go to the rack meant for thin people.
Or I spot a hottie and assume we’re the same age —- until a friend tells me otherwise…
My BBD also flares up whenever I make plans to go out at night with my friends….
(Yeah, even stuff I couldn’t do when I actually WAS 25.)
My body, on the other hand, thinks a “hair-raising adventure!” means a trip to the parlor.
The BBD hits us all in different ways, of course. I actually suspect that the mid-life crises some men go through —- where they suddenly go all nuts buying sports cars and dating slutty children —- are actually extreme forms of BBD… or reactions to too many recurring BBD’s.
Luckily, my BBD is more like a spasm or cramp… unwelcome, unsettling, but temporary. It hits for just a few minutes, and then sanity usually comes to the rescue.
All I need to do… is BLINK.
Then I go on the Internet and see what all these crazy younguns are up to…
I have a good laugh…
…and I remember to be grateful for all I have and how far how I’ve come.
Much is gained as we age (and not just wrinkles, extra padding and assorted ailments either) —- so all is not lost. :)