From birth to eighteen or so there is a norm – a standard that everyone accepts. A baby should walk by one, talk by two, read by three and write by four. You know where you are with kids. There are no such guidelines for aging.
For example, up to the age of six months other people are responsible for keeping you clean. That is normal and universally accepted by carers. What I want to know is: at what age does it becomes acceptable to hand back personal hygiene to your carer? Would it be normal at a hundred but unacceptably early at ninety?
The whole saga of growing old is filled with dilemmas and no one is offering me any guidance on what is normal and, therefore, acceptable. Do I award myself three out of ten because I can no longer play football? Or do I merit seven out of ten because I can still play badminton?
C’mon guys: I need a bit of help here!