Reena’s Exploration Challenge #67 – Stepping Out.


The old man wrestled for days with the notion of a bridge in time.

Was he fooling himself it might be better on the other side?

After all, he had lived a long time, seen a lot of stuff,

His children were grown and living their own lives

Would they miss him?

More importantly, he reasoned he would miss them.

Time he knew marched on whether or not you wanted it too.

Each year the number beside his name grew larger

He wasn’t the once fit and able man he was in his youth

He moved slower and yet time sped up.

He thought about where it was he sat

Did he want to move forward?

Was keeping abreast of things in a rapidly changing world

Where technology had long left him behind

A world where he thought he might be welcomed

He’d given up long ago understanding what it was that was happening,

Around him, life and his environment was changing

He was floundering within it and the prospect of tomorrow

Tended more to frighten him than excite him.

The old man had spent days grappling with the dilemma

But finally took a step forward,

Knowing he was stepping out of his comfort zone.

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20 Responses to Reena’s Exploration Challenge #67 – Stepping Out.

  1. Hélène Vaillant says:

    What a challenge we are given. Stepping out of our comfort zone especially when we age, keeping up with the times, it is creeping up on us all as we advance to this point.

  2. Sadje says:

    You have expressed what anyone going through the old age feels. Very well written post.

  3. harper1852 says:

    I think it’s really hard for people my age who were a part of that youth generation. Never trust anyone over 30. Those were the days.

  4. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    A dilemma life may force on us at some stage ….. a story by Michael.

  5. Reena Saxena says:

    It made me think about the old people in the family. Those last two lines add immense depth to a mental process you describe.

    Do we really have a choice about stepping out of comfort zones?

  6. I have absolutely no sympathy with the old man. I am 71 and embrace the new media age…….except for Twitter. Life is life and you have to live it no matter what the age. Let’s move forward and see what we can achieve.

  7. Indira says:

    Can relate, beautifully expressed.

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