In Praise of Growing Old(er): Everyday Magic, Day 429

Almost two years since I crossed into what I’m sensing is the second half of my life, I’ve been thinking about growing old. What will it be like to be 83, 97, even, I hope one day, 100? What will it feel like to live in/be a body with far more limitations when it comes to flexibility, strength and speed? How will my mind move when it’s lost its lightning-fast surges?

I’m guessing I’ll care most about what I care most about now: health, the people I love, the state of the world, whatever I’m currently creating. But I wonder if I’ll have grown my patience out enough to do some of the things I want to do now (but can’t sit still enough long enough to do), like watch a tree entertain its birds for an hour. Maybe I’ll be able to start reading a book without reading the last page first. I’m hoping I can savor the soup, admire the wind, listen to a particular song I’ve loved for 70 years with all the layers of memory filling the air. Of course, I’m also hoping I’ll be able to walk, talk, think, feed myself, drive until I’m ready to not drive, sleep well at night, and generally feel okay, which may not be realistic, but I’m guessing its a common dream.

Mostly, I look forward to getting old, and perhaps even more so since I watched this remarkable video on the beauty of aging. It gives me hope for opening my life to more dance, more art, more kissing and more clear views of the changing world.

2 thoughts on “In Praise of Growing Old(er): Everyday Magic, Day 429

  1. in praise indeed!😉

    “I wonder if I’ll have grown my patience out enough to do some of the things I want to do now (but can’t sit still enough long enough to do)” –

    i say, resoundlingly, Yes!😉

    i’ve several posts on being/getting old(er), something i think i wasn’t coming to terms nearly well enough, til i got myself in better shape, commited myself to my interests, and “let” a slowly strengthening awareness (from yoga) be my friend

    sounds like you’re more than 1/2 way to “that” aspect of growing old(er) !!

    it’s good to have your quality of voice in the choir😉

  2. I’ll turn 70 on Thursday, 10/27, this week. I do feel the richness of life and the pleasure of noticing beauty all around me, myself slowing down, looking back and forward, holding life within me…not running after it! Looking forward to my seventh decade!

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