Aging not a popular thought
Published: Friday, February 10th, 2006
Aging seems to have taken its place along side the seven deadly sins these days. We are battered by all sorts of information about products that will prevent it and are learning that the young fear even the thought of growing old. Of course, to them old may be 25, but just the word seems to send them into major declines. A young person recently asked me how I felt about that subject when I was young. I just sort of played with a few words while trying to answer because I didn’t really want to say I didn’t really think about aging when I was young because I had other thoughts to contend with. Besides, major emphasis was not placed on it in our family or among my friends in those long ago days. Since then I began to dig into the cobwebs of my mind to try to decide why I didn’t spend quality time thinking about such a subject. I recalled during my 10th summer I happened to overhear a doctor telling my parents I might not live through that season and listened to them decide not to tell me the news. I didn’t let them know I had been eavesdropping because I could see they were rather concerned and needed to keep their secret. Of course that little bit of news might have blown all thoughts of aging out of my mind and probably did. Obviously I disappointed that doctor by thriving and still haven’t gotten around to thinking about the subject some 60 years later, nor have I paid really close attention to medical prognoses. I’ve just grown older each year and have felt that aging is a natural process though which we proceed if given the opportunity. I guess I have sort of taken each day as it has come and have certainly enjoyed most of them. Yes, we are usually aware that we are growing older and changing, but we don’t need to get excited about adding a few lines, changing our lifestyles and seeing an older person staring back at us in the mirror each morning. Trying to cling to our youth doesn’t seem to be the way to face reality, but many of our young people are growing quite concerned about losing their youth and fear what will take place as time passes. They don’t seem interested in taking each day as it comes and looking forward to the next, nor do they want to hear that life is what we make of it, no matter what our ages or our physical conditions. They just don’t want to get old and lose their youthful appearances. They are far busier searching for the fountain of youth than were the early explorers in our country. They seem to want to be frozen in time instead of facing reality and that is sad. Most of us would probably prefer to avoid the aches and pains that sometimes result, but we are aware that those go with the process and we learn to cope unless we want to make everyone around us miserable during our later years. Unfortunately, some of the complainers have added to the fear the youth are expressing and have failed to see what they have done. We each face life as individuals and react to it in different ways. I guess I prefer to let the young people know that they needn’t be frightened as they climb the hill. It can be a pleasant climb, even if large rocks have to be moved aside. By adapting to each change, we can still have a good life even when we’re over the hill. I may get around to thinking about aging one of these days, but I’d rather think about what can be done today and hope to be around tomorrow.
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