A whimsical write on the ageing process Life over 50 how does it change us? what makes us different if anything?…..
how does it change us?
what makes us different if anything?
we see the same things ……. though probably now through squinted eyes or glasses
we hear the same things … though you may have to speak up a little or slower
we smell the same things …. our nostrils haven’t let us down yet
do we feel the same?
hmmm no… our brains think we do, our bodies are less inclined
it’s our prerogative to have achy knees, hands, feet or legs, we have used them for a long time
to say what we want to though it may offend, our right to speak our mind
to be who we are without pretence
to laugh when possibly inappropriate or to cry when our insides tell us to
to enjoy ourselves like never before
we aren’t the younger generation any longer
we have had to work hard all our lives to get our possessions
we are grateful for having learnt manners and respect for others and not be cruel or bully
we worked up the chain in our jobs to obtain a higher rank
we can be who we are without apology
our mind tells us age is a number…our bodies remind us it isn’t
That’s all nothing more, nothing less
we can groan when we stand up, bend down, sit, squat or wake
we can repeat ourselves
we can forget things
make mountains out of molehills
we can be tired, grumpy, hysterical and delirious
we can be over the moon or wet our pants from laughing too hard
we remember parts of our childhood & perhaps some of our youth
we wonder if we had our time again would we change anything
we do secretly wish for an anti ageing cream that works
we would like our skin to be smooth as a babes bottom again
but can we have it ….no
do we accept our laugh lines on our faces…we should
for they are ‘us’ they tell our story of what we have done and where we have been without a spoken word
would we wish to go back in time and change who we are or how we are
but how would we change things, we are who we are because of what we have experienced in our lives, what we have
learnt, what we have taught, what we have been shown, where we were born, how we were brought up
to change ‘us’ would mean the changing of events, experiences,relationships, friends, colleagues and family that are
we went through pain to feel the happiness
we went through sorrow to feel the joy
we went through hardship to have good fortune
and that I don’t think I want that to change
we can be many things, we have gratefully lived till now, and we will continue to do so…hopefully.
2 comments on Life Over 50
Two kinds of folks usually tell the truth, an old person who no longer cares what people thinks and a toddler who doesn’t know any better. Aging has its advantages as well as its disadvantages, telling the truth is one of them.Great article!Credo
You are exactly right there Credo. Thank you so much for your honesty. Glad you liked the post.