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It’s no use getting old if we don’t get wise, and getting older isn’t all doom and gloom. Life
is a journey of life lessons and experiences containing successes and mistakes.
We don’t always have to be Right. When we were younger, how important it was to
be right? Well, as the years pass by, we begin to understand that being right isn’t nearly as important
as listening to and weighing up every side of the argument, even possibly deferring to someone else’s
point of view. We begin to understand that it’s often better to lose a few battles in order to win the war.
We learn not to Judge. When we were younger, we often judged others on their material
assets and not on who they are as people. As we get older, ‘stuff ’ becomes less important than people
and we learn not to judge, but just to accept people as they are.
We begin to want Less. As we get older, we begin to realize that sometimes less is more. It’s
an incremental understanding that we don’t need to surround ourselves with a whole lot of material
We gain more Confidence in making Decisions. Age brings wisdom. It can also
bring more confidence. We accumulate experience as we journey through life and our life lessons are
powerful tools to draw from to make future decisions.
Our Children become our Friends. It’s hard to think of our children as friends when
they are firstly so dependent upon us and then perhaps when they’re rebellious against us. What nobody tells us is that as they become adults, we as parents take on a different role. Children now return
to the family home as individuals in their own right and as friends.
We learn that Wrinkles should be worn with Pride. The onset of the first
wrinkle is a day of some grief and in the years of growing up, a wrinkle free face is falsely deemed a
prerequisite of beauty by our youth-centric society. Later in life, we realize that we are fortunate to be
growing old and that wrinkles stand as a testimony to our experiences.
It’s O.K. to play the Fool again. As children we laughed, played the fool and generally
didn’t think too much about what other people thought about us. Then our egos developed, self awareness set in and we began to squash the idiosyncratic part of us that was once so spontaneous. When
we reach a certain age, it begins to matter less what other people think and not taking ourselves so
seriously becomes an option once again.
We are thankful for growing Old. Not everyone grows old. Many pass before their
time or in the prime of their lives. With age comes gratitude and the knowledge that with every passing year we are privileged, and being grateful becomes a daily ritual that enhances our lives in so many
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