Stephan Pastis gets it. Growing older is just like this!
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The idle musings of a former military man, former computer geek, medically retired pastor and now full-time writer. Contents guaranteed to offend the politically correct and anal-retentive from time to time. My approach to life is that it should be taken with a large helping of laughter, and sufficient firepower to keep it tamed!
It better come with a new, undamaged spine too! And a repaired shoulder…
Lazarus Long, Heinlein's oldest man in the universe, took advantage of the science to clone younger, less damaged versions of himself and download his consciousness into the "new" him…good for another 500 – 700 years!
Shades of Eos and Tithonus. (Eos was the Greek goddess of the Dawn; she asked Zeus to grant her lover Tithonus immortality, but forgot to ask for eternal youth.)
There's a reason that immortality, though seen by some as a blessing, is a curse. Thus the Queen song "Who Wants to Live Forever." Which is not a happy love song, nope, not by a long shot.
Even if you don't end up slowly being crippled. All around you changes and dies and gets worse.
It's why the curse Jesus gives Casca Rufio Longinus, the guy who stuck him in the side, was such a curse (as so well written in the "Casca, the Eternal Mercenary" series by Barry Sadler. A good series that I think now I'll have to go back and re-read. And, no, Casca does not have a good life. He spends, well, eternity, trying to right the wrongs and seeing people he loves die and fade away.