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I turned 84 a couple of days ago, on May 18, and I have to admit, the number does give me something to think about. It has a certain heft to it, doesn’t it. I mean, I kind of made peace with the idea of being 83, but now here is life reminding me again--a bit more forcefully it seems to me--that hey, I really am aging.

JoAnn tries to comfort me, which I appreciate, of course. She is ten months older than me, you see, and made peace with being 84 long ago. “Don’t worry, it’s just a number,” she tells me.

Two things give me comfort as I face the reality of this grim situation. This morning, when I finally made up my mind to clean out the garage and restore order to a messy and, frankly, disgraceful situation—I’m ashamed how long I put up with the mess--my body rose to the occasion. It really did.

I flung myself into action with the enthusiasm of a young colt set loose in a meadow to run and play to its heart’s content. True, I was pretty darn tired when the job was done. I tottered into the living room and sat down in my chair in need of some serious rest.

I know unequivocally that my body will do its best for me until it takes it last breath, and I am immensely grateful for it. But to turn a bit more serious here, I know something else also.

There’s a big difference between my physical body and me. My body is aging, just like your body, and JoAnn’s body. But who I truly am is not aging, just as who you truly are is not aging.

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