Time goes by

By TOM WOERNER
Posted 1/25/22

People often asked where I come up with ideas for this space. It is not always an easy task. Being creative takes effort at times. That is where I find myself this week pondering what words I want to …

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People often asked where I come up with ideas for this space. It is not always an easy task. Being creative takes effort at times. That is where I find myself this week pondering what words I want to share. I keep coming up with something we all face, getting older.

Several factors and two individuals lead me to his point this week. The death of Betty White, days before turning 100, is one factor. White was beloved for creating classic characters on television well into her senior years.

My generation best knows her for the classic Rose on “The Golden Girls.” She had classic roles long before I knew who she was. She never let age slow her down. It is an attitude we would all be wise to take on.

The ageless Tom Brady also has me pondering the subject of how we all age. I’ve always had a sort of love-hate relationship with Brady. In reality, I don’t know the man and have no legitimate reason to dislike him.

As a fan I guess I’m jealous in a way. I just get tired of him winning all the time. I smiled when he lost Sunday. I will enjoy the Super Bowl more because he is not playing in the game.

If I’m honest, I’m amazed. At the age of 44, the man is still the greatest quarterback of all time. If he comes back at age 45, which I think is likely, he will still be better than most close to half his age. Outside of football, he may be the greatest athlete who has ever lived. It is only time that keeps him out of the hall of fame. They are already clearing out his space.

I think both of these amazing people show us a truth about age. A lot of it is about the mind. Betty White joked about her age. She made it a part of her act.

Brady lets his arm and his fitness spit in the face of Father Time. As he ages, he only uses his “advanced” age to motivate him further.

Fresh off a loss, I suspect him to refuse to go out that way. I suspect he is already beginning his off-season workout regiment. If he does come back, it will be on his terms and in his best interest.

As I face my own aging, let’s be honest, we all deal with it every day. I will try to follow the example of these individuals. All of my grandparents have lived into their late 80s, so I like my chances of an extended stay here.

When I get down about getting older I will think of White’s humor on the subject.

When I’m just tired from my busy life, I will think of how hard Brady works at an age only a few years lower than my own.

I’ll take a walk instead of plopping down in the recliner. I’ll eat a salad instead of a Big Mac. Well, at least I’ll try. I will certainly remember getting older is much better than the alternative.

Tom Woerner is a former reporter with The Daily Record and former editor of the Harnett County News. Reach him at woernertmw@yahoo.com.

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