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an old man and the norm

Well, I received my first social security check. Now I am officially an old man. Guess I’ll have to stop trail running, mountain biking, and doing pushups, dips, burpees, and tabatas. Society says that it is important to blend in and follow the norm. Our rate of aging is all laid out for us and it’s easy to see just about everyone follows along without any questions—got the ring right in their nose. Oh—wait, that’s not me! I don’t do status quo. Guess I’ll just go on doin’ my own thing by not thinking and acting like others my age. Maybe that’s why I joke around more and have more energy. I see what is typical for people in my age group and I want no part of it. I believe in alternatives to the norm. Often we’re stuck in a rut of doing things a certain way, because that’s the way everyone else does things, because that’s how it’s always done. Because it’s safe. Ellen Glasgow said, “The only difference between a rut and a grave is in their dimensions.” But the normal way of doing