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I Won't Grow Up

Posted at 5:12 AM on October 7, 2009 by Radio Heartlander (25 Comments)
Filed under: Guest Bloggers

From the Desk of the Heartlanders
Guest Blogger - Mike in Albert Lea

The last few years I've been experiencing my mid-life crisis. I turned 48 at the end of September, and I still feel young, but realize the pace at which life is passing. No, I haven't resolved this (yet) by buying a Corvette or a Harley-Davidson, my bank account unfortunately is not that mature.

My parents are healthy, but aging. My children are growing all too fast. I've questioned what it is I want to do with my life. My wife has been diagnosed with cancer and been successfully treated. My hair is thinning in back, but I have no plans for Rogaine or other miracle balding cures.

In the last 10 years, I've changed careers, been elected mayor of a mid-sized city in southern Minnesota, and joined a water ski show team. Here's a picture of us, on Labor Day 2009, performing a human pyramid in our final show of the year. That's me on the far right, with my oldest daughter standing on my shoulder and the guy next to me (Tim, who's in his early 20s).

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I don't often read Garrison Keillor's newspaper column, but it caught my attention when he wrote about his recent stroke and his realization of mortality, which I thought was interesting since he's 67, I believe. Now that's old, right?

RH listeners are an eclectic bunch, but seem to be a largely mature group that is young at heart. How do you demonstrate your refusal to 'grow up' or, gasp, 'grow old'? Daring activities? Silicone? Little blue pill?

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