Let us not regret
growing old, it is privilege denied to many.
As we get
older, we understand more and more that it's not about what we look
like, nor what we own; it is all about the person we have become. The
great difficulty in life is first to win a reputation; then to keep it
while we live; and then preserve it after we die. When everything is
over, nothing but sterling excellence can preserve our name. Let us
never embrace anything to be an excuse for inadequacy, nor an excuse for
indolence but strive for excellence. Growing old is inevitable but
growing up is optional.
There is no point
fighting the ageing process nor worrying about it. We are all getting older,
whether we like it or not and there is absolutely nothing that we can do about
it, so why care?
the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly,
cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.~Thomas B. Aldrich
As we age, we soften
and mellow in transition, if we are lucky. We will learn that there are plenty
of things to be anti about: anti-discrimination, anti-drug, anti-oppression,
ant-poverty and anti-sickness. Aging is not one of them. We need to become
pro-aging and embrace the opportunities that aging provides. Age is a question
of mind over matter. If we don't mind, it doesn't matter. That is why age is not
particularly an interesting subject to some of us because anyone can get old,
all we have to do is live long enough.
Maturity has more to do with what types of
experiences youíve had, and what youíve learned from
them, and less to do with how many birthdays youíve
I have also learned
that age brings greater knowledge experiences. These are the life lessons we
have learned as we get older. For instance, we have learned that a problem is
just an opportunity to learn; that itís not what we have in life that counts,
itís whom we have; that life is a gift; that we should make peace with the past
to protect the present; that a smile can change the world in small but
significant way; that whenever we decide something with an open heart, we
usually turn out to be right, just to mention a few.
I have also learned
the hard way that worrying is futile. Most of the things we worry about never
happen and most of the others donít matter anyway; that itís better to try and
fail, than to never know and always wonder. So let us enjoy life and take care
of ourselves, the only place we have to live.
By Tim Pedrosa
Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the
world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line