Am I Benjamin Button? So far, 2 relatively distinct people have commented that I look younger than the last time they saw me. Shouldn't I be happy that I'm 年年十八岁? Maybe I really do age backwards? Well, the truth is I'M GETTING OLD.
My outer facade may look like it's forever young, but the cogs and gears inside of me are telling me otherwise. Just a few months ago, before the start of my exams, I had to fall-out of Ah Soon's taekwondo class halfway during training. A class that consists of kids all below the age of 18, excluding me of course. Perhaps it's the fact that I haven't had any form of strainous exercise in a long time. Or perhaps it's because I was trying too hard, thinking that I was still the cocky kid with the lightning fast legs that was some 10 years ago. But the fact that I had to fall out due to over-exertion in a class meant for 16 year olds still can't be changed.
And just a few weeks ago, on one of my irregular rollerblading trips at East Coast Park, I had to stop for a personal timeout after just slightly after an hour of casual-speed blading. During my glorious youthful past, I could go on for hours without even needing a sip of water.
And just last week, I went back to dance after almost half a year of inactivity. And I totally sucked! The already top-stiff me was having additional isolation and psychomotor problems, not to mention panting heavily throughout the entire session. When I woke up the next morning, it felt like the ceiling of my room had collapsed onto me while I was sleeping.
I had aches in my arms, shoulders, back, waist, thighs and even in my butt for some unknown reason. In fact, these aches are still existent even as I am typing this entry in. Even a simple task such as pulling up my shorts after a visit to the toilet takes a massive 5 to 10 seconds to complete.
I've always known that I'll probably die early because of all my unhealthy habits, but I never expected the degeneration to start so soon. I really need to find the fountain of youth. Just a tiny sip will do...
Anyhow written on Jun 8, 2009 at 10:42 AM
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