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Just Jot It January 11th – Effortless


I think about all the things I used to do effortlessly when I was younger and I wonder that I can’t anymore. I know you young ‘uns out there are saying, “We don’t want to hear about all your aches and pains, ya old coot!” I know. I remember thinking it myself. I also thought I’d never get to this stage. But here I am.

Gone are the days when I didn’t have to struggle to get up off a hardwood floor after sitting on it for ten minutes. Gone is the ability to sleep through the night without waking up with a sore hip; the ability to read things on the tv without glasses, and the ability to do the splits…

There’s a message in some of this for you kids out there. The message is, don’t stop. If you can do the splits now, or touch your toes without bending your knees, or run half a mile, or multiply large numbers in your head, keep it up! It’s when we stop because we no longer need to do it that we lose it. Age has little to do with some of the things I find difficult.

But you know what? It’s not all that bad. There are things I CAN do now that I couldn’t do before. Like write a story or a blog post, or even a novel and put it out there for the world to see without caring what anyone thinks. Or like effortlessly sing all the low notes that used to hurt my throat to even try. Hell, I can even sing in front of people now. It used to be that I wouldn’t sing in a house when I was on my own, unless I was singing to something playing on the stereo.

It’s not all bad, getting older. Then again. I’m not THAT old.

This “Effortless” prompt is brought to you by Dan Antion at No Facilities. If you don’t already follow him, please check out his blog!

JJJ 2016

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

53 thoughts on “Just Jot It January 11th – Effortless

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  3. What a great post. Hope all the young ‘un’s listen to your good advice πŸ™‚


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  5. I decided to join Helen’s Song Lyrics Sunday, and then heard the news about David Bowie’s death. I couldn’t not write something about him, so followed your fictional blog’s cue, and used effortless to describe his wonderful chameleonness. I shall forever be a spider from mars.
    “I have the perfect video (song and lyrics) to go with your effortless post. I’ll try and post it soon,” she added.


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  11. I really did an effortless post today. Charles Yallowitz was a guest.


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  18. All so true! I try to tell my kids but they think it will never happen to them.


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  21. Linda -I so enjoyed this entry, and I relate to it. Here’s a poem I wrote three years ago on the same topic:
    What a wonderful thing

    What a wonderful thing, to be able to
    Stride surely down the linoleum hall
    Down the green tiles, soundlessly in
    My trainers, that’s what they call them in England.
    Thick soles bounding confidently along, soundless,
    More quiet than bare feet, they are.
    At 64, I revel in my ability to stride
    Stride without a break, quickly , evenly confidently
    Down the hall, not short of breath, not limping,
    Not walking slowly, stiffly, tottering like a zombie
    With my chemo brain and radiation charred bowels
    Walking like a twenty-year old.
    When the twenty year olds take their stride for granted.
    Hold that space
    I’m coming to sit there
    By your side at the lunch table
    Where I can watch you unwrap
    Your tuna sandwich
    With the white bread mushy and soaked
    With tuna juice

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  26. Man I’m still young and I can relate to this so much. I can hardly stay up late anymore or even function in the morning without coffee. My feet hurt if I use them too much. I cant read too long in one position or I catch a cramp.

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  28. Well, I never could do those bouncy things like cartwheels. But I’ve been doing yoga for the last five years and it turns out I’m fairly flexible. So although I’ve never managed a handstand, I can do shoulder balance. I’m also quite good at plank pose, just balance on the boobs – it’s all about the straightness of back you see; if I were to get those off the floor that would be a different pose ;-D

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  29. You and I are on a very similar wavelength today Linda!! I can totally relate to your post. I used to be able to do a cartwheel when I was younger but would probably put my back out if I tried it now! πŸ™‚

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  30. Ah now Linda, as I said to Edwina in her post, we’re growing up, not old πŸ™‚

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  34. Did you just say splits? That is one thing I have never been able to do. But I do hear you…and I will try not to stop for as long as I can keep going.

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