Actually, the saddest thing - I think - about getting old is not getting old itself but how our culture views it. Believe it or not, I grew up in a nursing home. Atypical, I know. But, I came to love and respect the elderly. They have wisdom and hard-earned knowledge that our culture doesn't tap into very well at all. Due to our hectic, crazy lives, we often resort to putting people in nursing homes until they die. But, it's not easy finding an alternative. So many people don't have the time, resources or other family around to take on the responsibilities of caring for an older person. It's painful, too, to watch elderly people deteriorate from Alzheimer's or some other affliction. But, there are so many positives. Older people have been there and done that. The only difference might be that we have different "tools" (i.e. technology) and slang. But, they can be so gentle and so loving - not always, of course. I have such a soft spot for our elders. They are some of the most incredible souls I know.