Ronni Bennett, who writes the blog Time Goes By, had an interesting post this last week about being annoyed with inconvenient “surprises,” her latest being a tooth extraction. Her take on this was that as we age, it gets harder to deal with these inconveniences. Many of her readers who posted comments thought likewise.
I wonder why that is. What makes it harder, as we get older, to deal with surprises to our routine? Do old people just get set in their ways? Or, is there something in our DNA that changes from being a person who can juggle numerous situations at once to someone who finds it hard to juggle just two events in one day?
Although I stay busy for a retired person, I have large gaps in my calendar, giving myself whole days with nothing scheduled. Those are the days that I prefer to have those “surprise” inconveniences! Also, being retired, with lots of time, I prefer to have only one event in each day. Yet, when teaching, I would do a dozen things in one day and then run all sorts of errands after school.
My question is this: what makes us change?