Thoughts on Aging

I am learning, that "old age" really is a gift. I don't expect, the youthful to understand  - and they don't even have to understand - just be kind. For them, they see growing older, as a curse. Even, seniors in my age group, want to deny their "old age" and that's fine. I'm cool with that. Just don't fall into that trap, of believing you won't get old and decrepit. Because you will. We all will. and don't look down on me, because I am comfortable in my 60-year old skin.

They see, wrinkles and saggy skin, and fat bellies - bald heads, receding hairlines, skin tags, saggy boobs, moobs on men. They see, hearing aids and thick eyeglasses and having to wear clothes that are comfortable. They see elastic waistbands, Velcro on shoes, walkers and motorized wheelchairs.

I guess we really are a sight.

This month I've lost a good friend and a wife of a friend. Both in their 60's. On Facebook, my high school, has a memorial page - where monthly it is updated as to who we've lost. I was shocked, to read down the list, of friends and high school acquaintances that I've known since grade school. My own sister, died unexpectedly, last Sept. at the age of 56, leaving me, the last of my birth family alive. No one knows my story, like my birth family. The memories, the family stories are gone, like they are.

I hope I have another 20+ years in this world. In order to accomplish this, I have to take care of my body, mind and spirit.

Life really is good at 62 and I am grateful and happy to have made it even this far. Now on to the rest...

Sophia Loren 81 years old, taken last year

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. 
Sophia Loren 

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