Before you curse growing older, remember those senior discounts. Now, as I'm growing older, those growing pains are starting to make sense. I can't recall adolescence or childhood being physically painful in any way though adults used to talk about "growing pains". All I know now is that as I grow older, I am growing more pained. Not like constant pain or anything like that. Not yet. But I mean a presence of lurking pains that can pop up unexpectedly. It's not cool when that happens, but those senior discounts when you weren't even thinking about it--now that's pretty cool.
|A 20-year-old cat that looks tired because of its advanced age. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Guess I'm still growing. Maybe not growing up as much as being at a stable place in life until I start diminishing with old age. There's no doubt that I've been growing older--that seems like it's been going on for years and yet I don't feel much older in my mind. So much time seems to have passed since I was a kid, but there are still some kid thoughts in my head. There are times when, if my aging body didn't give me away and I didn't have a mirror in which to see myself, I could swear I was about ten years old. Those thoughts never last long as reality comes crashing in.
Yes, I am growing older, but am I growing wise? Sometimes I don't feel like I've learned much of anything in my life. Sure, I know stuff, but is it stuff worth knowing. Is it something akin to wisdom? I guess I can say I'm somewhat wise. With all the time that has passed in my life so far I think I can lay a claim to being some kind of wise.
The days keep on coming at me like I'm in some kind of speed race hoping to win a silver cup and a kiss from a reigning beauty queen. No such luck. Instead I'm like the fabled tortoise forging onward at a steady pace. The rapidity of time is only illusion, but as real to me as the hot concrete beneath my tired feet. That's the big concern--growing tired. Old is a state of mind and body. Tired is a state of body and mind.
Are you keeping up with the time? Do you feel like time has taken a toll on you? What does being wise mean to you?