My View From The Country

My Epiphanies Today Tend To Be More Painful

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As I’ve grown older, the epiphanies have become more infrequent, and a lot of them could be categorized as epiphanies on how life is not always fair.

When I was young, life was pretty exciting. There were a lot of universal truths that I discovered for the first time that came on like epiphanies. Who can forget the moment they found salvation, the thrill of being in love for the first time, the value of a true friend, or the transformation that comes from reading a book that changes the way you think or look at the world?

In fact, a quote by the late business guru Zig Ziglar became my unofficial mantra for business success – “You can get everything in life you want, if you help enough other people get what they want.”

As a youngster, it seemed like life was full of epiphanies, most of which could be classified as wonderful. These were the universal truths you stumbled on that not only gave you faith in the human race, but hope for the future.

As I’ve grown older, the epiphanies have become more infrequent, and a lot of them could be categorized as epiphanies on how life is not always fair. For instance, as you get older, you learn surprising secrets like the fact that your elders don’t have all the answers, and that everyone has flaws.

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Still, some of the epiphanies that come with age are even better than those experienced with youth. I’ll never forget, for instance, how lovely a bride can look – especially, if she is your bride. You also have to be a parent to grasp just how much love a parent can feel toward their child.

My grandmother used to always admonish me and my brother with, “Just wait until you get older!” Intellectually, I’ve seen people getting older, but I’ve always kind of felt like I was immune. Don’t get me wrong; I walk like I’m 90 years old for the first 10 strides after getting out of my truck, and I step down instead of jumping off of the tailgate these days.

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Broken cowboy (not verified)
on Apr 25, 2014

Oh Troy! Just wait until you get older! Our family jokes that there is a wing dedicated to us at Orthopedic Center of the Rockies in Ft Collins. We've made our way through all the specialty groups, some more than once. I've joked that it is a bad thing to receive a Christmas gift each year from them also. With each ache and pain is a story associated with it about a sports injury, a horse wreck or cow accident.
All I can say more is that you will only have more of these life experiences.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 25, 2014

Oh how true!

Anonymous (not verified)
on May 1, 2014

I can sympathize with your predicament. And it will just get better as we age further, if we get the chance.
My old doctor passed a few years ago, but I provided him with, probably in addition to a Lexus, countless hours of entertainment. I'll never forget going in after 13 days of suffering with a self-diagnosed sprained wrist, to be told "It's broke, you moron!" Or seeing him grin as I limped into his office and hearing him say, "This looks like an interesting story."

on May 1, 2014

the ravages of time my grandpa used to tell his grand kids. I had no idea what that ment till my 1st grand kids came along. Can you spell epiphanie!

Ken (not verified)
on May 1, 2014

Getting old isn't for sissys

Fritz Groszkruger (not verified)
on May 1, 2014

I blame it on arthritis. It doesn't go away, it just moves from place to place. And the Ibuprofen will rot your esophagus over time.
Jim Gerrish has suggested to me a diet, basically devoid of grain. It doesn't hurt bad enough yet. I'm warming up to it a little at a time. And note there are multitudes in worse shape.
Invincibility wears off. But life is good.

Lindy (not verified)
on May 3, 2014

Get a book called the 'trigger point therapy workbook' and learn how to self treat 'overshoe boot disease' 'feedsack disease' 'spring riding disease' etc...Every rancher should have a copy!

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Troy Marshall is a multi-generational rancher who grew up in Wheatland, WY, and obtained an Equine Science/Animal Science degree from Colorado State University where he competed on both the livestock...

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