Fueled By The Discomforts Of Life

Where Are The Good Days ?

I loved so much

Where everything I touch turns to gold

Now it looks like tarnished silver

I struggle to keep it clean

Soon I can't be bothered

I can't sell it and get the price it's worth

I end up giving it away in disgust

The aches and pains use to go away

Now they are chronic

Waking me up in the middle of the night

I hear my wife

Ouch !!!

Leg cramp, leg cramp

Where I am lucky

My shoulder pain and my wrist down right hurts

Headaches are a real thing

My teeth bother me when I chew

Even after years of proper dental care

Root canals and implant jargon

Even if I get the surgery

It's no bargain

My wife catches a sore throat and a sniffle

Only six months ago she had the nasty flu

I remember as she tried not to wake me

She would drag her pillow in the other room

Laying on the recliner

Coughing all morning as much as she tried

She still couldn't sleep

Now I hear her curse

I don't want to start all that again

I give my little words of advice

What choice do we have

This is where I should of kept my mouth shut

Shut so tight

I see her anger start to build

I turn away as not to notice

The last few beautiful days we have had

I have been stuck in the house

Now I wake up

It is raining out

Late night or early morning

I am not sure which is which

Up to go the bathroom

What use to be not even a thought

Has become a subject of conversation

I reluctantly go there

My butt is sore

I think of my cat when she is not feeling well

She stays in her litter box

Too long and wines

I feel bad for her and now it's my turn

I get up slow

I can't feel my toes

Both my feet fell asleep

The pins and needles of life

These things are happening to me

Sure I exaggerate the truth a bit

So you get the picture in HD

No fine tuning necessary

I get that

My aunt would say

You do it for effect

It's not so easy to turn over a new leaf

When it is fall and all the dead leaves are dropping

What do you mean we have to wait till Spring ?

It's months away and the winter didn't even begin

So I sit leaning against the solid wooden kitchen chair

Trying to back up my position

I once again rub my stiff shoulder

As I reach for the heating pad

Each problem will not just disappear

Work that I loved before

Could of went better

My wife who woke up before me

Now went back to bed silently

Without a kiss

She's trying to shake this thing

I tell her it's the change of seasons

Nothing to worry about

She trusts me

Then in her next breath she is not so sure

She tales some cold medicine for insurance

It is like taking out all the insurance a rental car wants you to have

It costs you a pretty penny

All for a piece of mind

Rest easy my wife

I will burn the midnight oil to the early morning

A sympathy cough I let out

Here is where I sit

Where before I would stand my ground

All the troubles of a grown up

Where is the kid in me ?

That could go all day and crash as soon as my head hit the pillow

I will search long and hard

Sad news six hundred people dead in Haiti

They still have no electricity

They were trying to recover from the last natural disaster

Then this hurricane had to strike

I have no right to complain

My life is a breeze on an mid October day

I refocus my thoughts

Praying for other people who are struggling and are so much worse

I have managed to open a box

Even if it's only temporary

I throw each aggravating persistent bad thought

Close the top

Now I listen to the soft potter patter

Of each rain drop hitting off the air conditioner

Tuning into one good feeling at a time

Soon other good feelings come out of hiding

I am on my way

To another good day

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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

You sound like me in this cold, damp autumn weather. My sinuses are causing me headaches and they are all puffed up and my sciatica nerve is stabbing me since it cannot stand the sudden cold.

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DREAM ON 2 weeks ago Author

Gypsy Rose Lee I have had better days and I have seen worse. Rolling with the punches I lean away then they don't hurt so much. I hope your pains also become tolerable. If we get focused on the things we love our mind is distracted in a good way to carry us through. Thank you for being the first to comment.

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Nellieanna 13 days ago from TEXAS

I'm glad this tale of woe had a more upbeat ending, my friend! But so sad that you and your wife have been having challenging and trying times. At nearly 85, I'm quite familiar with each symptom you mention. And, thankfully, - am familiar with the turning to better things and thoughts you mention.

The worst enemy is discouragement. It's fueled by dwelling on the negatives.

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shanmarie 13 days ago from Texas

"Where is the kid in me?"

That line is particularly relatable to me. Life is so full of ups and downs. Some of us have it easier than others, but we all experience hardship and even those who have it easy now may have overcome more than we can imagine to get to that point. I tire of struggle and it often becomes exhausting, but then I just wait for my second wind.

Those words of yours got me because I have been thinking about something similar lately. I try to focus more on the person I used to be. Spending time with some people I've known half my life from when I practically was still a kids just in college reminded me of what it means to just enjoy the moment. I can't say I didn't experience stress back then or worries, but I love having a family of friends to laugh with and to keep life in perspective when in all becomes overwhelming. This is reminded me of the importance of developing and maintaining those bonds. The kid is still in all of us. We just need to let it out. It might not cure the aches and pains, but kids know the important things.

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DREAM ON 12 days ago Author

Nellieanna I do feel the pain but I try to keep it in perspective. It's not the end of the world and there are many people that find ways to work through the pain. I love tips from others who offer suggestions to make today a little better. If you get a leg cramp put your foot on a cold floor. Some how it feels better. Passing along tidbits that take a bite out of the bad. Thanks and have a safe and happy weekend. Shanmarie Life is so different when we were younger and taking the good from the past makes each day brighter. I am always surprised when I bring up one old memory to put a smile when I desperately need it. Then like clockwork another wonderful memory surfaces then another. Now I am feeling really good about myself. Thanks and keep the pleasant thoughts coming.

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