These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Growing old

A friend recently sent me an email with statements about growing old. [Thanks, Ruth!]  Several of them resonated with me, and I thought I'd share them with you, along with my thoughts on each.

So long as one continues to be amazed,  one can delay growing old. 
 Maybe that's why I have trouble "feeling" old. I am always amazed .... at others and at myself, too! Honestly, life is just amazing, and I can't imagine not noticing it, feeling it.

It is by growing old that one learns to remain young.
Growing old raises my awareness of so many things, and I think much of that awareness if external, rather than the egocentric kind of awareness more common among the younger set. It's not exactly that I want to be turn back the clock, but I agree that growing old is making me feel young in so many ways. 

Old age embellishes everything.  It has the effect of the setting sun on the beautiful twilights of autumn.
Ohhh, yessss. I see so many things in technicolor these days! There is just something about knowing it's all there specifically for my enjoyment! OK, OK, not just for me, but I enjoy most things as if that were true. Perhaps it is because I don't know how many more days of beauty I will be blessed with, but whatever .... it is awesome!

As one grows old, one generally rids himself of his shortcomings because they no longer serve any useful purpose.
I hardly now how to explain this. It's one of those "you have to be there to get it" sort of things.  But it is true. Time spent on the trivialities of shortcomings is just wasted. Oh, I still have shortcomings, but I'm spending less time exercising them! Or worrying about them!

The person who considers himself too old to learn something has probably always been that way.
When my kids were little and came to me with a question that I couldn't  answer, I didn't try to cover my lack of knowledge. Rather, I said, "I don't know. Let's find out." That was, of course, before internet .... WAY before!! .... so it meant getting out the encyclopedia or dictionary or a trip to the library, where we learned together. I'm still that way. I'm not too old to learn, I'm not too proud to adit I don't know everything, and I try to learn every day. Something. Every day.

My all time favorite wasn't included in the list. I'm going to throw it in here, just for fun!   

Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.
I don't really have to explain that one, do I?  [chuckle] Didn't think so!


  1. For years and years my mothers always said she was still 16 inside. I knew what she meant in theory, now I understand it.

  2. My "inside age" is 30, but I know what you mean!

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  4. My body is showing signs of its age. But so far my mind seems to be intact! After 17 months of retirement, I'm beginning to explore new possibilities.


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