My wife and I were discussing self-confidence the other day, and I got to thinking that there can be a challenge as you get old and a bit forgetful. If you have had a long, successful and loving marriage, discussing everything and coming to consensus every day (all day?), then, when having to handle an issue by yourself, anxiety can set in.
If you are a man (certainly, if you were brought up in England in the old days) there was a presumption and expectation that you would act on all occasions of stress as a “man” – calm, reliable, decisive and confident. But doing most things with your spouse, social and otherwise, outside the home hides up a certain insecurity and anxiety. Will I do X correctly, calmly and authoritively? Will I remember everything I am supposed to remember, like…their names? Did I bring my wallet?
I was expecting illness in old age, but what I got was anxiety. By the way, is it Thursday or Friday?
Laughing at oneself helps.