Flash Fiction #178

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PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

RUNNING ON EMPTY

Ah, the fervor of youth, when we could accomplish anything.  Too many of the inexorable calendar leaves have rudely smacked me.  Now, as I approach the ¾ of a century mark,  the saying, ‘I’m not as good as I once was, but I’m as good once, as I ever was’ is no longer a joke.

The mind is willing, but the body is weak – and stiff – and sore.  I would still like to be able to do more.  It feels like my mighty engine has been removed.  I’m running on empty.

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Click on the title to hear Jackson Browne sing my elegy, and go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

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14 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #178

  1. I’m halfway through the half century mark and I swear my tank already feels empty more than full these days!

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    • Archon's Den says:

      It’s probably fortunate I decided, after 25 years of sedentary office work, to return to laboring in manufacturing plants. That, and being hand-maid to a semi-invalid wife – I do 30 to 40 flights of stairs a day. While a bit overweight, I am in much better physical condition than most 75-year-olds. Still, I long for the days of youth. 😦

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  2. jim- says:

    My dad is 30 years my senior. He’s 85 and still going strong. I feel your pain RG. How does one do it? We don’t have much say in the matter so we slog it out. Everything feels like it’s uphill nowadays. I’m sure Archon has some thoughts on that! Lol

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  3. You are only as old as the partner you feel. Or so the saying goes. 😀

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  4. Dale says:

    Mind over matter and making good choices and a whole lotta luck and good genes come into play on how well we run as we move forward, eh? I’m at the half century plus 5 mark…there are days where it’s like damn… why does that hurt?
    Love that song!

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I am blessed with good genes. Mom died at 92, Dad at 85. I don’t remember either of them complaining about pain or stiffness. Maybe I’m the whiner.
      My summertime host, BrainRants, published a post a couple of years ago, when he was only 47, about all his aches and pains. I called him a damned amateur. ‘Course, he spent 22+ years in the American army, accumulating them. 😳

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      • Dale says:

        Maybe you are for the benefit of having a subject to write about 😉
        47 and whining? Big time amateur! Then again, as you said 22+ years in the American army is enough for anyone to be “older than his years” body-pain-wise.

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  5. lisarey1990 says:

    Age is but a number but sometimes it can be hard to remember that. You always feel I should have done this by now or that by now. Great read.

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