I think that with age come understanding and hopefully some more tolerance with putting up with others. I guess you can say at least that's is what has kept me going. I have been around the block enough to have calluses and been rode hard and put away wet enough that I got mold growing on me but has it slowed me down, not one bit. Another thing really haven't seen mention in any of the post is dealing with disabilities. The ever present ED is one that many of us older guys have to deal with due to meds we all have to take at one time or the other, but there are others that can me more or a problem to deal with. Serious back problem, is one that a friend of mine has learned to deal with and another has had hip replacement and with that came some nerve damage that left him with what is called drop foot, and constant pain. You might not think that this is a problem but it can be hard when you have to either stand or even getting up out of a chair is a problem, think what it would be like while having sex, getting muscle cramps that hurt so bad you can not even think more or less keep a erection. Itt takes one heck of a partner to help with something like this and if you are with someone the first time it can scare the hell out of them.
I think the hardest one for woman is losing a breast or both. Even after reconstruction the mental part is hardest to get over. What will he think when he see me with no nipple and the scares that go along with it. Even woman that had have had C-Sections have this worry. An no matter how much a man tells her that she is still a sexy beautiful woman, most still have that thought lingering in their minds. Personally I have never let these types of things bother me. To me it is not only the body you are making love to but more the person inside of it that you want to please. You don't throw a whole apple away because of one little bruise, you just leave that part alone and keep eating the rest of it. I know this sound bad if you are disabled to the point of not being able to use you legs but what I am saying is if the person on the inside is someone you want to please you can and will still do that no matter what. Same goes for lost limbs. I've never looked at a person missing a limb and thought of them any different that if they were whole. I don't feel sorry for them to the point of pity but just hope and pray that they can make it as best they can and have nothing but praise for them for trying. The world would be a much better place if people would look at whats on the inside of a person rather than whats on the outside.
Just a ole hippy at heart, been around the block more that I care to think about. Lived a full life and looking to add to it. Memories are wonderful but making them is much more fun.