Here are three reasons why I am happy at this moment: three Bad Things have miraculously fixed themselves. And old age has fixed another Bad Thing: my own impatience.
- I can read and write. I got a blimmin’ migraine aura—I thought I was done with those for good, but no. A very bright light caused it. (It’s never serious with me so please, no sympathy.)
My point is that for half an hour I could only comprehend written text one word at a time. And now, after a little lie down, watch me go!
- My stove top for about 6 months would not ignite. I researched, something was blocked and needed clearing. Not surprising, after 20 years. But dealing with gas is not something I would tackle myself. And matches do the trick nicely.
Then suddenly the other day a gas ring ignited itself as I turned the knob. No more need for matches. The problem has fixed itself! (For now.)
- Almost from day one, my brand new, M1 MacBook Air had been crashing. Several times a day, even. The dreaded pink screen of death would strike for no discernible reason. But the Mac has slowly settled down to one crash per day … one per week … one per fortnight …
I presume that upgrades to the Mac operating system and also to various apps have been working away in the background. Reconciling their differences. Making peace. And now I am almost confident that this problem too has fixed itself.
No expert help was required for any of these problems. No technician. No doctor. No pills. No $85 call-out fee. No course in Slow Thinking. Only patience was required. And tolerance and calm. Which all come much more easily in my 80s.
Maybe that means other Bad Things have been quietly fixing themselves in the background. These ones are features of my personality. Or should I say were? Impetuousness, impatience, rushing in, moving too fast. Yes.
No more sprinting. Endurance is (maybe) now my thing. And just waiting has now paid off, three times in six months.
Some things fix themselves, given time. In some situations the beauty of a Slow Response is obvious. In old age, it might just come naturally.