Panama 2018: Time Zones

I got home from Panama on Saturday evening, and I’m still not adjusted to Pacific time. I can hardly keep my eyes open at 9pm — midnight in the village — and by 4am I’m wide awake. Seven is when I got up every morning, knowing that Gloria would be arriving and making coffee. I love the morning light on the patio, and the bird sounds, and the waves lapping gently on the beach.

I don’t honestly know if aging makes adjusting to changes in time zone a slower process, or whether I’m just a person whose biology requires several days. I’m pushing hard to stay awake at night until a normal bedtime, but there’s no method I know other than the passage of time to stave off a 4am wakeup. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Panama 2018: Time Zones

  1. Bob and I have been going to England every few years, as I have relatives and friends there, since we retired in 2000. We also took a trip to Spain in 2015 and then joined our granddaughter and family in Paris where she had been doing a semester of her junior year. Long story short, it always took us a day or so to recover from jet lag. This past September, so only two years later, we spent a month in England and Scotland. Jet lag when we came home was much worse. I would say it took each of us almost a week to feel “normal” again. Actually, I have noticed lots of changes in the last couple of years. Not many noticeable changes between 70 and 76 – since then, I am now 78, I have noticed many little things that represent a change in how things used to be. I am still very active, but I notice my balance is a little less than it used to be and I don’t have the energy I used to have. My friends would laugh if they read this because I am involved in a zillion things and they don’t see the changes – but I do – I notice them, if that makes sense. Doesn’t stop me, but I am aware. The sad things is, I know one does not improve, as one ages. This may be the best I will be, and that would be just fine, but things may decline – a reality!

  2. for Ada: Worth a blog post, I’d say. Hard to realize we are not going to get quicker, more energetic, or better balanced. I too notice changes, although I’d say that most of my friends wouldn’t see them yet. I do.

  3. Like with my friends. I remember reading the second chapter (I think-may have been later) of Atul Gawande’s book called “Things Fall Apart.” And they do, no matter how well we have taken care of ourselves or how good our genes are. C’est la vie!

  4. for Ada: Yes, that’s right. And it’s hard to experience it. I’m not as sanguine as Minga seems to be about having led a good long life, although by comparison to my father and Jerry, I have. She seems more at peace with whatever comes. Perhaps I’ll get there.

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