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Wed Dec 14, 2022, 03:57 PM Dec 2022

I'm not sure if this is just normal for someone in their 70s or if it means I'm a head case. [View all]

More and more often, I find myself savoring the most ordinary or even mundane things.

As I walked out to our compost bin this morning, the day had dawned as damp, cool and sunless and I began to let it weigh on my attitude. But, then, just across the drive, the ground was carpeted with brown and yellow leaves and I actually stopped to appreciate their symmetry and wonder if I would see their replacements next spring.

I then smiled at the one small patch of blue sky, listened to the crows quarrel in a neighbor's field and then turned to face and suck in the cool breeze whispering through the hardwoods.

"The day will come" I told myself "when I would give much to be able to venture out into this 'damp, cool, sunless'--- and WONDERFUL day!"

---sigh---I have just admitted talking to myself after wondering if I'm a head case. Maybe I am.

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Atticus, no you are not a headcase. What you wrote was beautiful and a reminder that life can take a debm55 Dec 2022 #1
Thank you for those kind words. nt Atticus Dec 2022 #36
if you are a head case, atticus rampartc Dec 2022 #2
Feel like you yankee87 Dec 2022 #3
Thank you. nt Atticus Dec 2022 #39
That sounds like a lot of my morning walks. I'm equipped for all weather in Idaho. I just got brewens Dec 2022 #4
One of life's most beautiful experiences in my humble opinion, is LISTENING to heavy Atticus Dec 2022 #5
You can still hear? Mr.Bill Dec 2022 #37
Nothing like the muted sound Marthe48 Dec 2022 #56
Yes. Long ago I remember walking across a snow covered field as the day turned to dusk. patphil Dec 2022 #61
I always try to get outside during a heavy snow Marthe48 Dec 2022 #67
As a friend would say, "when you have eyes that see, and ears that hear" there is much to experience patphil Dec 2022 #83
You are alive and human. CousinIT Dec 2022 #6
Thanks. nt Atticus Dec 2022 #40
Repeat: Maybe it takes some age to appreciate life on that level but definitely not a head case. Stuart G Dec 2022 #73
I call it "Counting my blessings ". LakeArenal Dec 2022 #7
I'm having similar thoughts cyclonefence Dec 2022 #8
As we get older, we appreciate wnylib Dec 2022 #58
i'm old too, 67, barbtries Dec 2022 #9
This message was self-deleted by its author GenXer47 Dec 2022 #17
Same age! cilla4progress Dec 2022 #113
In a good way! Joinfortmill Dec 2022 #10
Thank you. nt Atticus Dec 2022 #42
I'm also in my 70s and regularly find myself marveling at things around me, especially nature. Lonestarblue Dec 2022 #11
Beauty is... JMCKUSICK Dec 2022 #12
As good an explanation as I have heard. Thanks. nt Atticus Dec 2022 #35
No, its the realization that many aren't able to enjoy even the simplest things. oldsoftie Dec 2022 #13
This happens to me all the time. It's normal. secondwind Dec 2022 #14
Embrace the power of both whistler162 Dec 2022 #15
So what if you are? Sucha NastyWoman Dec 2022 #16
's called "maturity". Overtakes people at many different ages. Some, alas, never. n/t TygrBright Dec 2022 #18
My Dad used to say... TigressDem Dec 2022 #19
Good ENO in 2024 Dec 2022 #30
Thank you for that. nt Atticus Dec 2022 #43
You're welcome TigressDem Dec 2022 #82
What's that saying about stopping to smell the roses? Or the one about japple Dec 2022 #20
I'll just go out on a limb here and say GenXer47 Dec 2022 #21
Thank u ENO in 2024 Dec 2022 #26
I think its great and I do the same doctorzuma Dec 2022 #22
Nice ENO in 2024 Dec 2022 #24
Great post Atticus phoenix75 Dec 2022 #23
Thank you for the compliment. nt Atticus Dec 2022 #44
Normal for wisdom obtained from experience. Plus, in Canada we say Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2022 #25
Ah, Interesting! I had on line Canadian friends, and acquaintences. One in the Thunder Bay area! electric_blue68 Dec 2022 #74
Not a head case. stage left Dec 2022 #27
Thank you. nt Atticus Dec 2022 #45
I'm in my 70's too Dyedinthewoolliberal Dec 2022 #28
👍 nt Atticus Dec 2022 #46
Pretty normal ENO in 2024 Dec 2022 #29
Thank you for your kind words. nt Atticus Dec 2022 #47
Fall guy Ways Dec 2022 #31
Do it all the time. MOMFUDSKI Dec 2022 #32
Not at all mgardener Dec 2022 #33
Sonetimes talking to oneself is the only way to ensure an intelligent niyad Dec 2022 #34
Almost 70 and if you feel like all of that makes you a head case, calimary Dec 2022 #38
Being in the moment and appreciating everything you can appreciate is both highplainsdem Dec 2022 #41
You're not a headcase. I was single and lived alone into my late 30s and I talked to myself all of iluvtennis Dec 2022 #48
That was beautiful Atticus. You love and appreciate life.❤️ lucca18 Dec 2022 #49
Thank you. nt Atticus Dec 2022 #51
I think of it as awe walking deRien Dec 2022 #50
Over time, people learn to savor the small details that others overlook usonian Dec 2022 #52
I'll tell you what--if you're a head case, then I'm a basket case DFW Dec 2022 #53
After 70, living in the moment is a privilege earned after many years of practice. jaxexpat Dec 2022 #54
Every morning I observe the sky and revel homegirl Dec 2022 #55
You are most welcome. nt Atticus Dec 2022 #57
What a lovely image! electric_blue68 Dec 2022 #75
Maybe Corgigal Dec 2022 #59
You would appreciate Jane Kenyon NorCalBlue Dec 2022 #60
Noooo Rebl2 Dec 2022 #62
Yes you are. EmeraldCoaster Dec 2022 #63
What you've experienced is the gift of wonder nuxvomica Dec 2022 #64
You have more time to enjoy it. You are not rushed trying to get other things done. LiberalFighter Dec 2022 #65
Nah. We just getting old enough not to be so inhibited and proper. Life is good. Enjoy it. marble falls Dec 2022 #66
Why can't it be both? Beastly Boy Dec 2022 #68
Soup. JohnnyRingo Dec 2022 #69
The first sip of the first cup of coffee in the morning... Xipe Totec Dec 2022 #95
While I, my good friend, mountain grammy Dec 2022 #70
Well that means I'm 4 steps away from an institution... MiHale Dec 2022 #71
Didn't know that about Robin's! How wonderful! I think th Corvids do, too. electric_blue68 Dec 2022 #76
You're not. I do it too...in my early 60's. paleotn Dec 2022 #72
pic I took yesterday Skittles Dec 2022 #77
Just totally cool. I'd guess those came from some type of ornamental tree---crabapple Atticus Dec 2022 #96
This message was self-deleted by its author Atticus Dec 2022 #97
72 here and we're on the same page! I like Emile Dec 2022 #78
Atticus, you are such a delight! JustinBulletin Dec 2022 #79
Thank you for those kind words. I am honored to receive one of your rare posts! nt Atticus Dec 2022 #85
So many very good replies to an excellent op. IMO Prairie_Seagull Dec 2022 #80
You're doing fine. 👍 As an Artist, and a Photographer I was always drawn to Beauty, and .. electric_blue68 Dec 2022 #81
No it is normal. Texaswitchy Dec 2022 #84
Youre a heart case. A-Schwarzenegger Dec 2022 #86
As long as you aren't tying onions to your belt and arguing with clouds,... LudwigPastorius Dec 2022 #87
If you are a headcase then... dai13sy Dec 2022 #88
Nicely written, Atticus. Permanut Dec 2022 #89
Just enjoy it caraher Dec 2022 #90
Nope. You just have learned how to appreciate life. Enjoy. SunSeeker Dec 2022 #91
I'm trying to practice 'living in the moment/'present'. sprinkleeninow Dec 2022 #92
If that makes you a headcase, all I can say is: Aussie105 Dec 2022 #93
It's normal, from my perspective. mnhtnbb Dec 2022 #94
Being retired is wonderful because you have time. The Jungle 1 Dec 2022 #98
At 59 I feel the same. Woodwizard Dec 2022 #99
I turned 70 this year and find myself more in tune with life around me too. lark Dec 2022 #100
Bill told Hillary that they had murielm99 Dec 2022 #101
Thanks. nt Atticus Dec 2022 #102
Sounds totally normal to me! Evolve Dammit Dec 2022 #103
I talk to myselves all the time... malthaussen Dec 2022 #104
Just beautiful! I feel likewise. bronxiteforever Dec 2022 #105
Thanks. nt Atticus Dec 2022 #109
At 70, be sure to see the world as a nine year old. alfredo Dec 2022 #106
these day llashram Dec 2022 #107
Thank you. nt Atticus Dec 2022 #110
Talking to yourself becomes a necessity when you can't find any other good listeners. nt eppur_se_muova Dec 2022 #108
I think you are cilla4progress Dec 2022 #111
You are very kind. Thank you. nt Atticus Dec 2022 #112
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