Don"t Mind Being Old


Another one sent to my by someone else. don't know the author.


As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less
critical of myself. I've become my own friend.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too
soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes
with aging.

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 60 &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 swim suit 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 get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful.Ôø? But there again, some of
life is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually 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 somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a
car? But, broken hearts are what give us strength, and
understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is
pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair
turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be 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. You care less
about what other people think. I don't question myself any more.
I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me
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 worrying about what
will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel
like it).


johnm405 660 & MSS&T