"You have the heart of a 60-year-old man."
That was what the doctor told Mr. B. today after a rigorous physical examination. He went on to explain in clinical details how his heart is showing signs of being old. Signs that the doctor said can be reverted if Mr. B. can do more cardiovascular exercises, watch his diet carefully and lose at least 20 kilos (that is 44 lbs) of body weight. The rest of him was fine and can be corrected once he follows a very healthy lifestyle.
For the record, Mr. B. keep his weekday diet strictly on soy milk and cereal in the morning, cos lettuce and grilled white meat for lunch and at least 3 fruits a day. The thing he can't do is exercise because he cannot stand on his feet for too long.
On his way back home in the pouring rain, Mr. B. can't help but think of D. He also thought about his family, his friends. People who depended on him. People who cared about him. He thought of the funny farm and the farmers. The unfinished businesses. About finances, retirement, future. There is only so much a heart can take. He thought of his heart growing tired and old before he does. Suddenly, Mr. B. felt the weight of the world on his shoulders.
"I think the doctor is right," Mr. B. told me tonight. "I have the heart of an old man."
Photo credit : Jane Linders