5 Minute Freewrite: Break Down
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Break Down. Okay, this has nothing to do with Break Down, The Prompt, but earlier today I was biking and I was thinking to myself, that's a thing I want to explore in writing, maybe I can find a way to work it into my freewrite today. But of course now I can't remember the thing. So, break down. I was thinking earlier, about how our bodies break down, and how one could consider that from the moment we are born, we are headed towards death, and therefore dying, but how then the opposite is true too, that we are daily living until we are dead. And it's not like, well, I don't know if this is true, but as long as we're alive and not dead, then we are living, not dying, even if we are "dying" of something. So we are constantly living and dying, I guess, is my point. I saw some book in a Little Free Library today called something like 50 Things to Do Before Turning 50. Or maybe it was 50 Things to Know Before Turning 50. Or maybe it was just What to Know About Turning 50. I don't remember. But I am turning 40 next month, so it caught my eye, because I've been thinking about how I don't know much about how my body will change as I age. I know I'll hit menopause at some point, but, like, I have to wear dishwashing gloves now when I wash dishes, because my skin dries out so quickly otherwise. And I never used to have to do that. And one thing that is different about when I didn't wear gloves versus now that I wear gloves is that we live in a much drier climate, but another thing is just that I'm older. So I would guess that my skin doesn't retain moisture as well, but that's not really a thing I KNOW, you know? What else is going to change? I know that my hips are wider. I had a child via vaginal birth, I think that may have something to do with that, but also I'm just older. What else? I have to be more careful about not triggering migraines, I think. Alcohol seems to be a greater factor in triggering them then it used to be. I just checked the clock because it felt past time, and indeed it had not gone off aurally.