Saturday, September 17, 2016
Don't Give Up!
The dastardly New York Yankees played my beloved Boston Red Sox today so I wore my new David Ortiz shirt. I picked it up when visiting Fenway Park last month. In public, the shirt got many cheers and jeers from strangers. The Red Sox/Yankee rivalry is baseball's oldest and fiercest.
Boston won today, as it had yesterday and the day before. The Sox are in first place in their division and New York has been bad all season. For years the Yankees relied on aging players who got injured or retired and now have to re-build with young, untested rookies. I'm always happy to see their team lose.
While out riding today, a guy came up and complimented my motorcycle. (That happens a lot.) He is my age and he told me about several motorcycles he used to ride. I asked him why he isn't riding now and he said, "I'm too old." I vigorously disagreed and tried to persuade him to return to two-wheeled joy -- but it was hopeless. He's psychologically resigned himself to being an "old man" and believes he's beyond youthful activities.
I really felt sorry for the guy. As I mentioned, he's my age and still capable of riding; only a psychological barrier is preventing him from having fun. I've seen this before and it always saddens me. Sure we grow old but we needn't limit our lives until ill health does that for us. I hope to be riding my motorcycle into my nineties. (It's possible -- I've seen guys do it.)
How is your weekend going?