At the desk where I have my computer, I have an old raggedy office chair. I have had this chair for several years now, and like me, it's starting to show it's age. The fabric that serves as the covering of this old chair is torn in spots, worn thin in others, and has become the center of claw sharpening activities from my two cats.
My poor old chair makes noises when I try and roll it backwards or forwards, when I swivel around and when I lean back. Also, some of the bolts that hold this over worked and well used piece of furniture together are starting to become loose, and can't be tightened as the holes are starting to strip out and just don't work like they should.
Why don't I get rid of this old chair and get a new one? Simple...it's a comfortable chair. Despite the torn and worn fabric, the moans and groans that it makes from time to time, the fact that it isn't as nice to look at as it was when it was new, and some of the padding in the seat has shifted a bit it's still the most comfortable seat in the room to me.
In fact, the more I think about it there is another reason I don't dispose of this worn out chair. The truth is this chair reminds me a lot of...ME! I mean, we have a lot in common. We really do!
My skin or covering, if you will is a little torn in spots, starting to wear thin in others, and all too often is used by the cats as a place to stick a claw from time to time. I also make creaking noises from time to time when I move wrong, get out of bed, swivel the wrong way or lean too far back. Some of my joints don't seem to fit just right, different muscles are starting to wear out a bit and don't work as well as they used to. I'm not as good looking as I used to be when I was younger and more than a little of my padding has shifted to a totally different place than it started from.
One other thing this old chair and I have in common is that we are both very comfortable to those that know us well. Despite our worn condition, we still can offer a safe and dependable source of support to those that need it. Forget about the fact that we both are showing our age a bit. Even though some may think that we are too far past our prime to have much to offer, I would suggest that regardless of all our faults we have some good years in us yet. We both are stronger than we look, firmer than we appear to be, and even with the shift in some of our padding in places and some rough edges, the hugs and comfort we offer to those that need it far surpasses any available by a new replacement.
So having said all that, I'm going to lean back in my old worn chair, rock a little while I listen to some music, and have some fresh coffee...care to share a cup?