Monday, May 7, 2012

Friends Don't Let Friends Get Old

Me and my buddy Ted - we have this pact. We told each other, way back when we were in our 20’s, that we’d never let each other get old – ever. That was before, of course, we ever imagined that our 60’s would creep up as quickly as it has.

While the years have certainly passed in the blink of an eye – we’re still pretty committed to that promise we made.

Having lost both of our fathers to heart disease is motivation enough to keep each other in line – to make healthier decisions and to slow down the aging process that we refuse to give in to. In the last 10 years, we’ve been in this thing together. We’ve helped each other quit smoking and we’ve motivated each other to exercise, at least a couple of times a week. We even opted out of a couple of juicy cheeseburgers the other day at the local diner, for salads with chicken. (Luckily, in an effort to protect our manly status, the waitress promised she wouldn’t tell a soul).

These days, when either of us complaining about a sore back or weak joints, one of us looks at the other with an unspoken reminder of the pact that we had made. A promise – from one man to another.

Us? Getting old? Not a chance.

Flyin’ Free

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