Will You Still Call Me Superman?

I took a walk around the world to
Ease my troubled mind
I left my body lying somewhere
In the sands of time
I watched the world float to the dark
Side of the moon
I feel there is nothing I can do, yeah

I watched the world float to the
Dark side of the moon
After all I knew it had to be something
To do with you
I really don’t mind what happens now and then
As long as you’ll be my friend at the end

If I go crazy then will you still
Call me Superman
If I’m alive and well, will you be
There holding my hand
I’ll keep you by my side with
My superhuman might
Kryptonite

You called me strong, you called me weak
But still your secrets I will keep
You took for granted all the times I
Never let you down
You stumbled in and bumped your head, if
Not for me then you’d be dead
I picked you up and put you back
On solid ground

If I go crazy then will you still
Call me Superman
If I’m alive and well, will you be
There holding my hand
I’ll keep you by my side with
My superhuman might
Kryptonite

Oh whoa whoa

If I go crazy then will you still
Call me Superman
If I’m alive and well, will you be
There holding my hand
I’ll keep you by my side with
My superhuman might
Kryptonite

If I go crazy then will you still
Call me Superman
If I’m alive and well, will you be
There holding my hand
I’ll keep you by my side with
My superhuman might
Kryptonite

Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down

As we age time has a way of showing us we are not Superman anymore. We think of how we did things years ago, how easy a task was in our youth, but the sight of approaching darkness can cause us to back away from hardship. “That’s a young mans game” or other such statements placate our inner drive, the need to feel as we did years ago suppressed behind the aches and pains. I will have none of that. I will push on to the threshold of my strength, attempt to regain much of the stamina of my youth.

I have started to work out as much as I can in a truck, pushing to better my strength and mobility. I watched my father fall away, become almost helpless in his old age and I will have none of that. Granted his dementia was a large part of the problem, but mobility is one of the greatest problems older people have. If I am to repair and live on a sailboat I must improve my fitness. I will never achieve my level at the age of 35 again, yet my determination is just as strong now as then.

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Nothing good in life is free, everything comes at a cost. Today I helped my brother in-law clean up after the 12″ snow storm we received here in Maine. Sitting here in my truck I feel the lack of fitness hitting home, but I relish it. I remember how I could climb a 3000 foot mountain at 35 without even sweating, carry a 45 pound backpack at work all day without a struggle. That strength is still within me, I can find the will to climb that hill again. I believe in mind over matter when it comes to ones determination to achieve. I may not be 35 anymore but I’m not done yet!

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My biggest downfall at this point is sitting in this truck. A sedentary lifestyle will kill me if I don’t get up and move. Today just reinforced my thoughts, pushed me further down the path I need to follow. I will continue putting my life back on track, I will regain much of the feeling of my youth through hard work and a sharp pain in the back! This I must do or suffer many of the same hardships I watched my father go through. If I don’t get it together now it may be to late.

My inner self shakes me and says…

You called me strong, you called me weak
But still your secrets I will keep
You took for granted all the times I
Never let you down
You stumbled in and bumped your head, if
Not for me then you’d be dead
I picked you up and put you back
On solid ground

And to myself I say, your damn right. Get up and do it!

PS: In case you didn’t realize it, that’s the first photo of me I ever posted online!

 

 

27 thoughts on “Will You Still Call Me Superman?

  1. I adore the photo! Thank you for sharing yourself…. a wonderful Christmas gift. Best wishes as you continue to strengthen yourself. Also remember the balancing exercises; Very helpful on a boat. Yoga balancing poses are awesome. Happy New year for a new you! : )

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      1. How is your momma? Bet Christmas was hard without your dad. Sorry I haven’t been reading much. Blogging has been hit and miss for months for me. I’ve been taking some spiritual classes and stuck in writer’s block. Ha. Words are starting to come out now… hope you doing well.

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      2. She is recovering from a bad cold right now. I spent the day with her yesterday at my sisters house and had a good time shoveling 12″ of snow! I understand writer’s block, and like you it seems to be going away. I’m building an entire website with a blog soon so stay tuned!

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  2. You have a good face. Good. Getting fitter is not easy but you are not one to shirk a challenge particularly when you have the incentive of a new life of freedom beckoning. It’s blinking hard when you are cooped in a truck all day but I am certain you will find some clever ways round the problem because you are a man of initiative. My husband turned 65 yesterday. His son is 31. On Thanksgiving HB2 insisted that my stepson join him for The Gobbler (the local turkey trot) because I couldn’t be there. He rang me and said it had been a wake-up call for J because he could barely finish and that their time was nearly 5 minutes slower than ours last year. I ran last year with my leg brace with carbon fibre foot plate on because I still had the drop foot resulting from a double break to the leg in June. You can if you will, my friend and I know you will. J on the other hand, in keeping with so many of his generation needs to pick up the pace now and stop assuming that because he is young he can do as he pleases and his body won’t argue.

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  3. When someone says how old they are getting I say “tomorrow you’ll be older so enjoy today”. I realize I am “only” 57.. … my husband is 71 and we both do our best a get a walk in everyday. Movement is so important. Now that the days are getting longer here in Maine (lol) I should be able to get one in after work. My job is physical and boy do I love to sit down when I get home… Ageing is a natural process and we do the best we can! Stay well friend!

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    1. I may never run a marathon, but I can regain much of what I’ve lost by just sitting in a truck. It just takes a little longer than it used to!

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  4. I had a sedentary working life and actually lost weight when I retired. Losing strength is hard to come to terms with and daily I am reminded of things that I can no longer do as well as I used to. But I do find that the caravanning helps tremendously to keep me fit. You’ll find that with your boat, the maintenance alone is a labour of love and won’t feel like a chore. Now keep away from the kryptonite!!!

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  5. That’s a great photo of you, John. Must-exercise-more is my mantra for this year. I have osteoarthritis and this sudden cold spell has meant opening a door with my hands is painful. Now I realize I have ran out of medication – gaaaah! Off to Mexico, for some heat, on Wednesday, so have to get an appointment for my refill. Apparently, they can’t just refill it anymore…WTF? One way to get the deductible down…
    Health Insurance companies should be non-profit!!!!

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