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Exercise Wednesday: Facing the limits of age

September 3, 2014

One of the worst parts of getting old is seeing what you used to be able to do, and then finding out that you just can’t do it any more. It’s a painful lesson, both for the person going through it and for those who see it happening.

Baseball fans of a certain age may remember Willie Mays misplaying fly balls in the 1973 World Series. Maybe you heard Casey Kasem’s last version of American Top 40 and were shocked by how his velvetty full voice had become wispy and hollow. Maybe there’s a singer you loved years ago and went to go see now, only to see a shell of the performer you once loved. Or maybe it’s a loved one who used to do specific things and doesn’t accept that they can’t any more.

Today, your character gets to have that experience–to fail at something that used to be easy. What’s it like? How do they feel? Do they accept their limitations or fight against it? Are they blind to the effects of time? How do the people around them react?

Time limit: 35 minutes

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One Comment
  1. Lyn Hill permalink
    September 25, 2014 10:14 am

    Mrs Clean always took pride in her home, but at 85 the cupboards became too high to reach and all the second shelf items clutter the counter-tops.

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