I saw two very old people in wheelchairs today at the airport. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen two people who looked more aged and frail. No matter how vigorous you are in life, age will take you down. I’d like to think that staying active can forestall the effects for some time, but ultimately I think it’s genetics. For every hundred year old marathoner, you have thousands of wheelchair bound 80 year olds.
It’s just horrific. My whole life I’ve dreaded the aging process. Now I am firmly middle aged. I feel good and all, but I certainly don’t have the wind and endurance I had when I was younger. It is a motivation to begin exercising again.
I will say this about the old guy in the chair. He was watching closely how they were wheeling the woman with him. I’m assuming it was his wife. He had dignity, this guy, and from what I could tell, some wits still about him too.
If it had to happen, he was at least making the best of it.