Sometimes I try to think about the best way to describe to a young person how it feels to be older. The stiffness and aches that come with aging ( I'm not even talking about recovering from a stroke.. that's an entirely different level.
When I was about 22 years old I went on a field exercise to Chocolate Mountain Arizona. We had a lot of " Down time" so of course they had us doing things to keep busy. Lots of cleaning weapons that were already spotless, raking dirt, and of course Physical Training.
They decided to do a " Challenge Course" Where we ran in groups of six. We ran in boots and Uniform " Cammie" trousers... and a flack Jacket, Helmet and "Web gear" for two miles.
This is in Arizona in the desert.
The end of he course was the real kicker. There was a concrete Canal that provides irrigation water from the Colorado River to the Imperial valley.
The Canal only had about 3 1/2 fet of water in it at the time and the flow wasnt very fast. The kicket was that there was a steep sand embankment going into and out of the canal and we had to help each other out to get to the top.
At the top was a loaded Jeep trailer we had top pull to the finish line about 50 yards away.
Imagine being weighed down with soaking wet gear that weighed about an extra 60 pounds pulling a trailer at a slight incline after all that.
Now imagine feeling like that simply walking to the mailbox.
Thats what old age feels like.