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A Comparison: From When I Was Young To Now That I'm Old

Updated on July 29, 2014

I believe it was Merle Haggard who once sang "Are the good times really over for good?" Some would say yes, others will say they are still ahead. I lie somewhere in between. Some good behind and hopefully some good still lay ahead. In the near future, I hope.

Today in my Writer's Voice I am going to look back at what was, and look around at what is.

I am not brave enough to look at what may be. What lies ahead is beyond my scope of vision, and as such beyond my desire to know with certainty. And frankly, it scares me to death. Does it you?

Anyway, here are some truths that are self-evident to me. Some are funny, some are sad, and some just are. Read on, and enjoy.

Now that's some speakers!
Now that's some speakers! | Source

What used to be: Run all day and all night; sleep where I fell.

What is today: Sleep all I can; fall down when I have to run.

What used to be: Drive my car fast (if not furiously) and blew by everyone in sight.

What is today: Drive the speed limit and yell impotently at those who pass me at breakneck speed just to turn off in front of me.

What used to be: Eat everything I wanted with no thought to gaining weight.

What is today: Eating less and less and becoming more and more.

What used to be: Listening to loud music for fun.

What is today: Listening to loud music because that's the only way I can hear it.

What used to be: Enjoying others listening to loud music while they drive by.

What is now: Feeling what I think is an earthquake coming only to realize it's some young punk with 24" woofers (or basses or whatever they call them things!) driving by a quarter of a mile away from me!

What I used to enjoy: Steak, medium rare.

What I have to enjoy: Noodles.

What I used to enjoy: Playing basketball.

What I have to enjoy: Playing online poker (for play chips)

What I used to enjoy: Watching good television shows.

What I have to enjoy: Watching crappy television shows.

What I used to enjoy: Bill Cosby and Jerry Clower.

What I have to enjoy: There are no clean comedians to enjoy.

What used to look good: Wide leg flared jeans.

What looks good today: Comfy old sweaters.

What used to look good: Muscle cars.

What looks good today: Scooters.

What used to look good: Long hair and fu manchu's.

What looks good today: The less hair the better.

What used to look good: A pretty girl in a bikini.

What looks good today: A soft pillow and a warm blankie and a cuddle with my wife.

What I used to do: Drive three hours to play fast pitch softball.

What I do now: Drive three hours to go fishing.

What I used to do: Stay out until the wee hours of the morning.

What I do now: Go to bed early and wake up in the wee hours (to go wee).

What I used to do: Dream of what I would do.

What I do now: Dream of places I want to take my wife..

What I used to do: Enjoy playing sports.

What I do now: Write stories.

Ain't it the truth!
Ain't it the truth! | Source

Where I used to go: Anywhere I had a mind to.

Where I go now: Anywhere I have gas money to go (not too far).

Where I used to go: Fishing, hunting, tree and rock climbing, running.

Where I go now: Sofa. Bed. Work.

Where I used to go: Canada, Colorado, Florida.

Where I go now: Walmart, gas station, bingo.

Where I used to go: Dates with young ladies.

Where I go now: Home to my best friend and beautiful wife.

What it cost then: Gasoline - 20 to 30 cents a gallon

What it cost now: $3 to $4 a gallon.

What it cost then: Bread - 20 cents a loaf.

What it cost now: $2 a loaf.

What it cost then: Steak - 75 cents a pound.

What it cost now: $10 a pound.

What it cost then: Being a parent - a lifetime of commitment.

What it cost now: Too much for most people to pay.

Are these your Golden Days or are they ahead or behind you?

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What I wanted to do then: Pitch fast pitch softball in the Pan Am Games.

What I want to do today: See men play fast pitch softball anywhere.

What I wanted to do then: Become a professional fishing guide.

What I want to do today: Just catch a fish somewhere.

What I wanted to do then: Be outside all of the time.

What I want to do today: Be able to see children playing outside more.

What I wanted to do then: Live like Jeremiah Johnson did.

What I want to do today: See where Jeremiah Johnson lived.

What I prayed for then: To live long enough to drive a car (I was afraid of the Apocalypse).

What I pray for now: To continue to be able to drive a car.

What I prayed for then: An end to hunger in the world.

What I pray for now: An end to hunger in the world.

What I prayed for then: To have a family someday.

What I pray for now: To be as good a Father as I possibly can be.

What I prayed for then: To find that one special someone.

What I pray for now: Thanks for finding that one special someone.

I remember: Billy Jack in the theater.

I wish I didn't remember: The remake of Footloose.

I remember: Singers who could sing (Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn, John Denver).

I wish I didn't remember: Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj.

I remember: People caring for one another.

I wish I didn't remember: Rodney King.

I remember: John Kennedy's assasination.

I wish I didn't remember: John Kennedy's assasination.

So there it is: my Birthday remembrances. What do you remember? Are any of these memories of your younger years? Share my birthday with me by telling me some of your favorite (and not so favorite) things, memories, places.

May each of you have a blessed day and spread good will to others.


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      Marie Flint 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      I don't know if I'd categorize this as "Books, Literature, Writing," Dan. I think it would fit a little better under a psychology category--or even history because there is a lot of social and political history here, notably the gas and bread prices (a little closer to $3, I think). Your capability of deep, inner thought is coming through in your theme. I like that.

      Birthdays are a special time. I like to do something different on mine by taking "the day off" from regular routine, although my routine is not so regular these days. I think the secret to staying young is attitude, keeping an open mind and heart through curiosity and gratitude. The world is still fascinating. There is always something new to learn and something to remember that had been forgotten.

      One suggestion: Don't write what you're going to write about as your opening, just get into it.

      Voted Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your inner thoughts.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Mike, I am so with you on this! Happy Birthday my friend! Awesome hub and a bright spot in my day.

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      Lori Phillips 4 years ago from Southern California USA

      Too cute. And too real. I'm there with you, buddy.