I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t, and die to find out there is!


Saturday, December 27, 2008

THE FREEDOM OF AGING

This is currently going around the internet. I got it from my lovely wife, and felt it was worthy of posting here.
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On Getting older:
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I am entitled to eat that extra cookie, or not make my bed, or to buy that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

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 and 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. 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 imperfect.

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 anymore. I've even earned
the right to be wrong.

So, 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)

For my true friends reading this post:

MAY OUR FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART! MAY YOU ALWAYS HAVE A RAINBOW OF SMILES ON YOUR FACE AND IN YOUR HEART FOREVER AND EVER!
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Be blessed,
Wayne
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Love all – Trust some – Harm none
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2 comments:

Marianna said...

There truly is freedom (& wisdom) with aging. One does not need to be "old" to live freely and with wisdom, either.

I wrote something similar on my blog: http://changeofheartstresssolutions.blogspot.com/2008/12/happy-birthday-to-me.html

Thanks, Wayne, for a well-written post.

Wayne Weeks said...

Hi Marianna,
Thank you for taking the time to comment on my recent post on freedom in aging...
Thanks also for your kind words. I will read your similar post when time permits. I don't want to do it while I am pressed for time. Have a breat day!

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