The Positive Side
THE POSITIVE SIDE OF GETTING OLDER
Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play on the computer until 4 am, or sleep until noon?
I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will!
I will walk the beach, in a swimsuit that is stretched over a bulging body and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They too, will grow old no one can escape other than you die young.
I said to my husband ‘I don’t want to die young’ he cracked up, you are already OLD!
I know I am sometimes forgetful, but there again, some of life is just as well forgotten, and eventually I remember the important things.
Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when a car hits a beloved pet? But, broken hearts are what give us strength, understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect or compassion.
I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn grey and to have my youthful laughs forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
As you get older, it is easier to be positive, but not to suffer fools gladly! You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore. I’ve earned the right to be wrong.
So, to answer your question on age, there’s a lot to be said for age and experience, It can set you free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been or worry about what will be and I shall eat dessert every day and drink wine if I feel like it!
From the Oldies!