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BILL SAMPSON: Getting older?

January 21, 2014

I was sitting on my porch having my second cup of coffee and thinking about a conversation I had with an acquaintance of mine the other day.
My friend made the comment that she was really tired. When I asked her more about why she was tired, she said that she was getting too old to be doing the job she was doing. I asked her what was “too old,” she replied being old meant different things to different people. She went on to say she was 58 and that was just too old for the activity she was doing.
Now I don’t pretend to know whether my friend is right or not. In fact, what is too old for some might not be for others and I am not one to judge one way or the other. However, my conversation with this acquaintance of mine made me wonder about getting older.
If you want to talk about age and being older, I suppose a bottle of wine can be consider to be quite valuable if it has some age on it. Likewise a bottle of scotch or bourbon can be more desirable if it is older. That being said, I don’t believe that was what my friend was talking about.
There are some mornings when I get out of bed that I really feel old. My joints just don’t seem to want to function like they should. There are some days when I have no problems getting around in the morning. After a while, I am able to go about my day with no problem at all.
Yes, we all are getting older but I can assure you I much prefer being around, getting older, even with the aches and pains that age sometime brings as opposed to the rather obvious alternative. I know my friend would agree with me and would much rather be around even while feeling older.
I think age brings with it some degree of wisdom and with that wisdom comes the responsibility to teach younger people the lessons we have learned through the years. It is important for those of us who have “gotten older” to see that the important things in life are taught to those younger people in our society.
Getting older? Well, I for one, am delighted that I am getting older. That simply means I have a long way to go in this life I am living. It means I can in some way, teach others about this world we all live in and how to grow old gracefully. ‘Til next time. God Bless!

Bill Sampson, a retired financial consultant, lives in the Cameron area. E-mail him at bills.front.porch@gmail.com.

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