Inspired by V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #63: Ripening
Consider what is ripening in you, or the world around you. Maybe this requires a glance backwards to another time, or a peek into the life of another.
I stumbled upon an interesting definition of ripening…
To develop to a suitable condition for something to happen
I am quite familiar with ripening as it applies to fruits and vegetables. I do play the how many bananas should I buy at a time game so I have one every morning at just the right stage of ripeness.
And when’s the last possible date I can eat those tomatoes left ripening on the counter before they go over the ripening edge into moldy mush? Splitting open and spewing blackish seeds at random. I play that ripening game too.
I don’t like to throw away food. I’m also not a big fan of banana bread…the last edible resort for overripe bananas.
It all has to do with chemical changes. Age. How long before starches turn to sugars. Acidity levels increase. Everything softens. The plant loses shape. Dries up. Eventually caves in on itself rendered inedible.
And…speaking of ripe…
Let’s not forget the antiquated expression about living to a ripe old age….
Wait a minute…
I don’t know if I like what seems to be falling into a familiar place here…
1) Chemical changes: Umm, yup. (need I list those? I think not)
2) Everything softens: Uh, yeah…
3) Loses shape: It’s-called-gravity-people!
4) Dries up: See #1.
Let’s not discuss the caving in on oneself part now.
My point in going down this Ripening Road of Realization is to focus on that first definition. I much prefer to consider my aging self as getting ready for something to happen. Something positive. Before I get to the caving in part.
I need a plan…of action.
As well as a healthy energy for that action.
I may be ripe for something, but for the life of me
I have yet to figure out what that is.