Carpe Diem

There is an old Scottish or Northern English saying that took me some time to get my head around:

 Old age doesn’t come alone

There are many thoughts and comments on this phrase but fundamentally it means – as we grow older, we do not just age in years but get sicker and infirmed.  So, age does not come on its own but with all the ailments that go with old age.

So why should I be discussing this here and now?

Well I was sat in the Doctors waiting room this morning and realised that in the 18 months I have lived in the village, I must have visited the Doctors on at least 10 occasions.  Some visits have been for the same problems but there have been at least two new ailments in this time.

waiting room

A few months ago, I wrote about Vitamin D deficiency and how it had affected my calcium levels and hence my joints.  But this time the reason was, potentially, more serious.

A week ago, I noticed a lump in my abdomen and became very worried about it. For a few days my mind had been running riot, thinking all sorts of things so it was with some trepidation that I went to the Doctors this morning.  Well I needn’t have worried as what I have is an Umbilical Hernia.  Now I am not saying that this a is a good thing, but it is a lot better than what was going through my mind!

So back to the point and title of this post!

As we grow older, things do start to fail, slow down, fall off and just stop working.  This is a fact of life and one that we must learn to live with.  We cannot slow the aging process, witchcraft and alchemy have been working on this for centuries.  We have to accept that old age does not come alone.


The outcome of this visit could have been a lot worse.  I could be telling you a different story, and to be honest anything could happen to me to anyone else at any time.  You only live life once and you are a long time gone. To quote a friend of mine:

“I don’t want to die in an unused body”.

So we must take every opportunity to do the things that we love, the things that we want and live life to the full in the best way that we can.  Do not let the onset of old age deter us from doing anything.  Yes, we may do it slower or less frequently, but we can still do it.


We must seize the day and live for the moment, or in the words used by the Roman poet Horace to express the idea that one should enjoy life while one can.

“Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero”



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