I woke up past midnight and incidentally happened to see my face in the mirror. In that very moment, I felt that how different I look since my more youthful days.
My eyes were swollen yet sunken, cheeks fluffy, and creased. The beard has turned white. I returned to my bed thinking about the challenge to remain, fitter, while my body grows old.
With these thoughts, I step into my 43rd year on earth.