The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on November 21, 1971 · Page 63
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 63

Freeport, Texas
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Sunday, November 21, 1971
Page 63
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By Norman M. Lobsenz Middle age is, among other Gangs, a socially acceptable excuse f of nof •ot playing tint fbird set of tennis, •ot carrying dul carton op to the attic. And act feeling goBty about «y of h! Why Middle U 1 took jtriously cncn half the thnifs r«c been reading lalcJj about the ptoWcrrei oi the mxi- cUc-ajed. I roifht «cR be tempted lo Uc down, pull the caver* up over my head «od call it quitx For according to a bow of experts, most met) in their 50V-a decade I have recently entered— Mfe bedeviled by aiukties, ridden with /can. jealous of their lost ycoJb. and arc feebjy trywj to cope with a daggering variety of ma/rtaJ. sexual and occupational croes. It's time, I think, that tomecox: spoke up and said a word for my generation. That word b: Nonsense! Indeed, the middle yean not only can be. but usually ore, the matt productive, rewarding and enjoyable *pan of our lives. This is not to deny that certain liabilities do crop up a* one moves from the forties toward the sixties. What b too often overlooked, however, b that certain assets also accompany middle age. And in my opinion, the assets clearly outweigh the liabilities. As 3 nutter of fact, in some cases the assets actually derive from the liabilities. For example, one of the things that is supposed to trouble middle-aged men most is the admitted decline in their physical powers. Energy becomes depleted, stamina wanes. But—given the basic condition of essential good health—thb ii not all to the bad. Not long ago a friend of mine in his late 4O*s was spending a summer weekend at a beach house. A group of younger people urged him to join them in water-skiing. My friend—who b actually in darned good shape for his age-sighed and said, wilh seeming regret, "Sorry, better count me out. The old back, you know." An hour later the water skiers dragged themselves home—waterlogged, muscles aching, exhausted; a tony lot compared to my middle-aged friend, who had spent the hour relaxed in a lawn e Can Be chart >!h *«4 *r»! vxuli* K ««ic tat »oe ciiTnSwn (AID, w* pi»yirt$ tbat thud »ct of . Icnnn. !»* &»fr>i<t£ ShAl carton up So ihe »tl*c, txrf rcvhingUnj the nwf. And on* h»>in£ to f«! aHxil any of il R«J ibrrc »rs tn*n> cixtfc up! jwjv»ntjijic* to fxrmg muS- 1. Otx known bow to cope with dhappointmrttt and faflorr. cm) bow to tw»Kt K. A r>cijEh!xw of mine, A f*»rt-<»-ncr of j virull plant. r«mt!jr w»* forcrd wU» banlnjptcy, l! rpjl!>- hi» fawlt. Having borrowed money fro«n a K»nk to ct{X>i>i) hii plant » few yean »p>. when tup cofflfMnic* were itiurj- ttuing him wilh ofJcrt. he w»« forced to I He w^ll when companies cul had Ibcir am) oncrlod conlracl*'- Icavtng him u-jih hcjiy dchd ami huge inlcfctl "My son tclU tnc two-tone shoes arc Ihc 'in' thing nowadays He didn't believe il when I told him they were also the 'in' thing 30-odd years ago" An older rrun might have tlo- paircd completely. A younger man might have ipcnt hit energies ranting against fate or injustice or <iwitchcd to another line of endeavor or felt »o prcs- surcd by the financial need* of hw growing family that IK gave up on the idea of Maying in tnm- nc<w for him»clf. But my friend had t>ccn through buMncvi cri<c* before. He wa* sure of hi* own abilities, tic had yc.ini of Crcilit and friendships to call upon. And, with his own children grown and sonic money put away, he was financially tiblc to ride out Ihc emergency until he could reorganize his affairs. 2. A middle-aged man has Ihc confidence lo live by his own standard*. In these days of .sudden fads, of quick, shifts in popu- Fomity Weekly. Xpvembcr Si, JH71

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