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The Journey - Chapter 5; A Look at Aging

Updated on August 22, 2014


This is chapter 5 of a 16 chapter series, written by 16 hub authors. A new chapter will be published each weekday by another participating author through chapter 16 and linked to the other chapters at the bottom of each hub. This series is about aging. Each hubber asked a question about aging and the series contains the answers of these hubbers. Together with each answer you will find the name of the hubber along with a link to their profile page.

From the moment we are born we begin to age. By the time we reach our first birthday we are actually beginning our second year of life. Our fist birthday celebrates our second year. Fortunately this doesn't multiply or extrapolate, it just happens year by year. What changes come each year as we age? Different changes happen to different people at different times. Let's pass our younger years, and start to look at our fifties and sixties, we begin to see real changes. Changes not only in our bodies and our health, but changes in our minds. We being to realize and appreciate things we never paid attention to before. Now we are truly beginning to age.

While we often complain, we must remember aging is a gift and it is up to us to live it the best, most moral and loving way we can. On the lighter side, getting older beats the alternative!

Hope you enjoy reading this series as much as we enjoyed writing it!

My Question

What is this thing called aging. Does it come with benefits?


Her Answer: Aging is the natural process and progress through LIFE from birth onward, without which it wouldn’t be life but a static - - non-life.

As aging increases with passing time and experience, with its choices and actions, yes - there are benefits, but they aren't provided or guaranteed with it. Both benefits and penalties are results of the choices and use or misuse of opportunities and challenges all along the way in aging, from birth to death.

Among the possible benefits of the process of aging: wisdom that comes from personal experience and growth; dividends from wise investment of one’s abilities, time and trouble in improving one’s sphere and helping others who will repeat the process by living better lives and carrying forward the legacy; and certainly the increase of satisfaction, what Maslow calls ‘self-actualization’ , an outcome of many choices and moments of awareness during all those passing years. None of it is just provided, though it may seem so if one is alert, aware and active in living each moment fully and well.
His Answer:

When we think of the term "Aging", most people will think mostly or only in a physical sense. "We are born, we grow and we eventually Die". But aging is much more than a physical concept. Our minds, spirit and knowledge "age" as well and those things do not wear out or die. The one thing I would say to anyone in such a discussion, is that our attitude and spirit make the difference between aging and growing old.

Vincent Moore
His Answer:

Aging is a process from birth till death. Along the way if we take care of ourselves mentally,
physically and spiritually the aging process will be much easier to accept and transition into.
All the knowledge we again from living life, the decades will peel away and unfold with much
interest. We will be able to pass on so much to our followers for them to enjoy and reflex back
on our past and history as we tell it. Many of the benefits will come to us from keeping a positive look at life as well as keeping our sense of humor. When we retire we will not be retiring from life but simply enjoying all the fruits of our labor. A time to travel, volunteer, more time to spend on our hobbies, with our grandchildren for those of us who have them and visiting with special friends more often. Yes there are many, many benefits through the process of aging. As long as we can get there healthy, most of us should succeed with an excellent retirement.

Her answer:

Aging was once considered the normal physical and mental deterioration of advancing years. Some people seem “worn out” at middle age, however, while others in their 90s have good health and intact mental faculties. Why?

Scientists studying gerontology now consider aging a disease, not to be confused with years lived. They theorize aging is caused by chronic illnesses and progressive diseases from free radical damage, with 20-30% triggered by genetics. Growing older, then, is different from the damage process of aging. Positive lifestyle choices (the earlier, the better) may halt, slow or even reverse the damage process.

Yes, growing older has benefits. Grandchildren are high on the list. Another perk, wisdom, is acquired through living and learning, but isn’t automatic. We must choose it.

My late mother said elderly people bring out the best in youth, who offer their seats or a place in the checkout queue. She was cheerful and friendly, which likely influenced this outcome. As we grow older, we may choose to be pleasant and optimistic…or “Grouchy Old Men (Women).” That choice may greatly affect other “benefits” of our senior years.
His answer:

This is a good question. This thing called aging is part of the life cycle and the arc
of our existence. We hope that the aging process is slow and sort of friendly. We don't want to wake up after a night out at age thirty or forty gray haired and wrinkled. So time just sort of slowly has its way with us. I will say that my hair was going before thirty, but the rest is (fairly) intact.

Age is supposed to bring the benefit of wisdom. Elders through the centuries were looked to for guidance. (Now we have Google). But seriously, we hope that we have some sage advice in case anyone does ask. I am always pleased when my daughter, now twenty-three calls with a "What do you think, Dad" question.

If your wisdom kicked in early enough,and you saved enough, you can enjoy a life of relative leisure, traveling, visiting friends, kicking tires on that thirty foot RV, maybe buying one and hitting the road.

One of the great benefits that comes to mind is a certain calming that seems to settle over you. Things don't quite have the urgency that they did formerly. If life is at a slower pace, that's a good thing. It will last longer.
His Answer:

Aging is the gold....sometimes wax....tried in the fires of life. Some of us age well and others cling to youth like a cat on the end of a long branch. Sooner or later, the cat has to come down to earth. I believe that aging can be wonderful if we accept it as a natural change of our lives. We look at beauty in a different way.

I sometimes gaze at pictures of my gorgeous wife that were taken years ago. I was in such a bliss of love....I didn't even notice how lovely she was. The difference is...I gulped wine in my youth.....I sip it now. I see her today....she has changed emotionally, mentally and physically. I have obviously changed in the same ways.

We see the world and all of it's wonders in our youth with curiosity and sometimes, appreciation. We run to take as much in as we can. A few sights along the way will make us hesitate but for the most part....we hurry by. We grow older and often wish we had taken a little more time to enjoy our past experiences.

The greatest benefit to growing older is looking down from the many life's mountains we climbed....realizing that every summit was in our hearts. We climb a little slower now but we still climb. I will someday....hold her hand on the final summit and say to her,"You were never more beautiful."


His answer:

This thing called "aging," is a mute, unseen phantom whose slow, calculated steps overtake us without us even knowing that we are now entwined in its clutches. Benefits? Sure. We can say pretty much what we want and not be scorned. "Oh, they are old. Never mind them," those around us will respond. Our memories of our lives are fuller than those just beginning to live. And we can embrace the snail and live at its pace which is a good thing. A snail knows how to savor life.
Her Answer:

I wrote earlier that aging is simply getting older. It happens to
everyone. Maturing is another matter altogether, and doesn’t
necessarily happen to everyone. It doesn’t necessarily come with age.
One of the benefits of maturing is gaining wisdom from the experiences
you have had. If you have people you love who you can pass that
wisdom on to, you are one of the luckiest people on earth. If they
will listen to you, you are even luckier. So are they.

When you have been through a lot of life and come out the other side
pretty much intact, you tend to face the future differently than you
did before. Fear is replaced with a grasp of reality and a healthy
respect for it. Regret is replaced with a conviction not to make the
same mistakes twice. And love becomes a forgiving thing instead of a
list of expectations you hope someone will fulfill.

My favorite video on aging

His Answer:

Simply put…aging is a natural process of maturation that is meant to place more emphasis on learning, experience, and wisdom, then on physical strength and beauty. Physical strength and beauty are needed more when we are young, because it must serve us in the absence of wisdom and experience.

We would do well to realize that we are spiritual beings that will live on into eternity, but our physical bodies will not make the trip with us. Strong, youthful bodies are like the fuel tanks and rocket boosters that propel spacecraft into orbit. Once a spacecraft nears its destination, it rids itself of those things that are no longer necessary and even though these things gave it power in the beginning and propelled it along its way, it will only weigh the craft down in the end.

The benefit of aging, therefore, is a blessing from God that should help us better prepare ourselves for the trip into the hereafter. As our bodies decline in value, our spirits increase in virtue thanks to the accumulation of wisdom, faith, and experience over the years, which should serve us well in the life to come.
Her Answer:

In some cultures the elderly are revered for their knowledge and wisdom, and people often live in extended families. The elderly are not isolated and children are seldom left alone. There is something profoundly healthy about families where each member contributes and no one lives in isolation. In nuclear family based cultures growing old is often accompanied by dread, isolation, and fear. Regardless of the family structure, aging has its benefits. As I moved through my forties and into my fifties, I achieved a steadiness, a calmness, I did not possess in my twenties and thirties. In those decades I said yes to every request; I slept very little; I was overworked. I could have been, and should have been, more patient with my children…but after all “they” needed me. Truth was I wanted to be needed. One of the benefits of growing older is learning to say no, to better manage our time and energy because we realize that they are limited. Aging is accompanied by physical limitations to strength and energy, but aging also brings blessings of wisdom and restraint, so we make better use of our time and energy. What a marvelous gift!
His answer:

I foresee a new movie for the senior set, titled: Aging With Benefits! Only instead of it starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, I'm thinking of more seasoned actors, with an equally salacious plot. What do you think? Seriously, aging is actually a very perspective-enhancing experience. Part of it is what I expected, but part is not. My expectation when I was younger was that I'd reach this point of sagacity where I'd feel comfortable in my own skin and would be able to rest in the knowledge that I had all of the answers. While partially true, I didn't realize that every piece of wisdom comes from bumps, breaks and bruises that hurt when you experience them. I also found that the sense of nagging doubt stays - I just had to learn to make friends with it. That said, I do feel feel wiser, I do have more peace of mind, and I am glad that I had to earn whatever pieces of knowledge and wisdom I now have. And the short, immediate response to the question: Would I want to be younger again? Absolutely not. And that has to say something... ;-)

His answer

From the moment we are born, we are in the process of dying. This process is also called aging. Few take notice of the process before illness or infirmity intervenes and so one’s health plays a role. Our bodies deteriorate and our systems begin to wear down and fail over the course of time. This is often the result of cumulative trauma, stress and maintenance failures.

Take some famous sports figures as examples. Muhammed Ali comes to mind. As a boxer, he suffered repetitive blows to the head which caused his brain to collide with his skull. He suffered a condition of pugilist syndrome which affected his ability to speak, among other things. The onset of this condition was accelerated by his choice of occupation. Many football players from the NFL have been found to suffer similar symptoms due to the prolonged crashing of protective helmets.

There are many other occupational hazards which accelerate the aging process. The nature and extent of physical labor often increases trauma to the human body which advances aging. Exposure to harmful inhalants such as asbestos and benzene are carcinogenic and induce various cancers.

People tend to unwittingly expose themselves to harmful products such as tobacco, alcohol and drugs which directly and indirectly take their toll on the human body. Liver and lung diseases are two obvious consequences. Kidney and pancreatic failure are other results. Food and activity choices affect obesity, atherosclerosis, heart disease and diabetes, among others.

Most occupations create stress which tends to impact on the heart. Many pharmacological solutions to these diseases carry the risk of adverse side effects. Aging seems to be the cumulative impact of living.

The benefits of aging are certainly not physical. Aches and pains are your strange bedfellows.

Experience in life contributes to understanding, acceptance and wisdom. These are emotional and spiritual benefits of aging which are lost on many.
His Answer:

This question leaves room for some humor if one is so inclined. But the simple answer is yes. On a lighter side, I paid $10.00 for a Golden Age Passport when I was 62 (That was 14 years ago). This gives me free access to all National Parks for life and includes all passengers in my car. It is also good in National Forests. But, the greatest benefit that comes with aging is that you get more time to spend with loved ones and to do those things you enjoy I have four sons and ten grandchildren and love to travel, so that speaks for itself. My wife and I are both retired from California state service and receive pensions, not extravagant, but enough to live on. We have enjoyed traveling to Europe, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii and other places that we couldn't do before. Sure, we have our aches and pains and infirmities. Everyone has a time to die, but having time for aging in the meantime isn't all bad. Yes, there are benefits.
His answer:

Perhaps it is simply youth growing up. Maybe a kaleidoscope of yesterdays and tomorrows competing for equal affection. Perhaps, youth and age, are but friends, who come to dance with one another. I hope so, otherwise, I dance the fool, for I have neither want to go back from where I’ve come or any hurry to reach a final destination. I am content to dance with the two of them. The benefits are immeasurable and the losses are sustainable. The hurried life that clung to youth has been supplanted with a more tempered migration. I see the same beauty I saw when I was young, but, it seems to enjoy my company more today than then. It seems to hesitate longer before leaving me. Life, I suppose, is more measured as I age. I linger intentionally. Any hurry now would be detrimental to my longevity.

Our Journey

We travel through time always looking up and down
But how often do we stop to really look around?

To see the light and joy that happens everywhere
And experience the love and warmth that no one can compare.

This journey we call life is all that we can do
To get us through each day and night, the breadth, the depth, the glue

Holding us together and teaching us to share
So when we're done we know that life has answered every prayer.

If you follow this Journey you will meet a total of 16 hubbers who, by reason of their "experience" are qualified to give you some knowledge about aging.

The questions were suggested by each of the 16 and then answered by each of the 16. It has been a journey of itself and has brought the 16 closer together than they were at the start of The Journey. They have learned about aging from each other but have also learned about teamwork and community.

Kudos and praise go to Alan Berry (on hubpages arb) and his sidekick Nellieanna for the time and devotion they added to this Journey...without them it would not have been possible. But, without a doubt each of the 16 has added to this journey and hopefully to your reading pleasure.

I promise, you won't be disappointed! By following-up with each LINK as the Chapters are being added day by day during most of July, you'll find a treasure-trove of thought and authenticity spread before you! So, - open the NEXT Chapter on or following its publish date; and so on through the series!

Revisit PREVIOUS Chapter

Author Jayewisdom: THE JOURNEY - CHAPTER 4Review: THE JOURNEY-CHAPTER 4 of16. Asked: “ At this point in our lives, can we reverse damage already done by poor health choices we made along the way, or are we to suffer the consequences as we age?", +16 authors' answers.

The Journey

If you'd like to play catch-up and/or follow along:

~~~~~~ A Table of Contents ~~~~~~~~ THE JOURNEY ~ A Look At Aging


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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Irc7815 thank you for finding mine first ;) I know you'll enjoy all of them, each with their own perspective!

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      I love this hub and can certainly relate. Now, I've got to go back and read the others. I found this one first. :-) Great job! Voted up.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you Rosemay for stopping by; with 16 Chapters we've covered a lot of ground.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Thank you Mary and the other hubbers for this lovely series which I am just catching up on.

      We have more time to appreciate life as we get older.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Michelle. Writing this series was a long process...I not only learned more about again but about the other 15 wonderful hubbers. I appreciate your vote.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks to you and other hubbers, Mary for capturing the aging process so beautifully. It is true that we appreciate things as we grow older, things go slower as well. Thanks for the lovely write, which I voted up and across.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Jackwms, I would have loved to collaborate, but I fell and hurt my writing arm just when you were getting started so had to decline. Better now, (didn't break). Also, I have read the entire series, and loved the responses to the very tough questions. I could relate to so much of what you guys (and gals) had to say. Really enjoyed it.

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      Jackwms 5 years ago

      Snakeslane...You should have been in this collaborative. Be sure to read all of our entries. There are many and diversified views on this subject.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you so much snakeslane...I can only think I've never been this old before and go forward!

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Tillsontitan, 'what is aging? and are there benefits?' Another tough question. My first response is to play the joker and ask What is the alternative? But joking aside the responses by you and your collaborators highlight the benefits very succinctly. Surprisingly, as we age we discover that we are still all those other ages we ever were, and I love what arb says, we 'dance' between our younger and our older selves, never letting go of what we were, but embracing the here and now, and contemplating what comes next in the journey. Savoring life seems to be the secret ingredient mentioned here. Enjoyed your inspirational photos tillsontitan. Good work guys. Regards, snakeslane

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you Audrey. It was a great concept and I am proud to have been a part of it. Glad you liked Mary Maxwell, I think she's hilarious.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I am loving this series! And I too love the video that you have above!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks SilverGenes, its been a long Journey but oh so worth it! And, I think everyone needs to hear Mary Maxwell ;)

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      "God sends us rain but it feeds the flowers." That set the tone for me as I read through this wonderful hub. Mary Maxwell had me laughing out loud all the way through! I am learning so much reading the thoughts and ideas from everyone in the group and from those who leave such thoughtful comments. You have added another magnificent chapter in The Journey! Well done!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Marsei. You've explained aging very well. It is the awareness we find as we age as well as no time to waste! So glad you stopped by and enjoyed my hub! You might enjoy others in this Journey as well.

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      Sue Pratt 5 years ago from New Orleans

      I enjoyed this hub so much. I've always believed I started with life without at shred of awareness: not aware of the way my actions affected others, caught up in drama from the time I was in junior high, totally self-serving, blah, blah, blah. Well, I've gotten better with age and although there's plenty left to work on, I have found aging gratifying as I've seen the changes I've made. I loved the format of this hub, I also like your attitude. I do look at life differently, not as much time to waste. Trying to make progress to take with me into the next. Thank you for this, for your insight and widom. At 66, I still feel excited abou the time that remains for me here.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you sledgehammer for taking the time and continuing to try to get to my hub. I've had the same experience with "broken links". So glad we have both been a part of this Journey and glad as well that you enjoyed my way of doing this hub!

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      CJ Sledgehammer 5 years ago

      Dear Mary, a.k.a, the Titan from Tillson: :0)

      I thoroughly loved this hub...well done!!!

      Truth be known, this is my fourth attempt at trying to get to this hub. I have been having an assortment of technical problems, such that getting to my own hub proves impossible from time to time.

      Moreover, Hubpages alerted me that your link, as well as my own, were broken links. I don't know what that means or why that is, but that was just one of the many issues I have had recently. I am just so glad to have finally made it. :0)

      I must say, the wait was worth it! You put together a wonderful hub, with all the bells and whistles. What more could a guy ask for?

      Peace be with you - C.J. Sledgehammer

      P.S. Voted up...up...up and away!!!

      P.S.S. I really enjoyed answering your thought-provoking question. It took my awhile to answer it, but I had to reach deep down to find what I believe is the truth. Thanks, Mary, and God bless - C.J.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Peter, I certainly like your attitude! Not something you need to think about too often or too long that's for sure.

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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear tillsontitian

      Very interesting and well written from a variety of points of view.

      Having just retired I suppose I better think about old - OK I've thought about it now I'm off to do some clay shooting with my delightful wife.

      Kind regards Peter

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Really glad you're enjoying the Journey Mohan.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Profound insights, brilliant compendium of views, opinions and deep reflections. Beautifully articulated ideas. this series keeps ticking all the boxes on what an entertaining and thought provoking collaboration should be. Hats off to all those involved and thanks Mary for asking a question that affects all of us! Voted up and shared!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Mary, for whatever reason your comment didn't show up until today! Crazy stuff going on. In place of the share button is the Hub Page on that and it will share with your followers.

      I'm glad you are enjoying. We've been working on this for months and I'm proud to say it seems like we got it right!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      It is easy to add to the Journey. Everyone's answers are always 'profound'. It's been a great ride and we're not done yet!

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      Tom Cornett 5 years ago from Ohio

      I read down through the answers with a smile on my face and reflections in my mind, much like reading the previous chapters. I loved your simple, yet very profound question,"What is this thing called aging. Does it come with benefits?" It was the easiest question to answer for me because I instantly related my love for my wife to the question. Reading what marcourjor wrote....felt wonderful. Thank you. :o)

      PS....Loved the video too.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      How lucky I have been to be part of this Maria. These fifteen people are amazing and this experience has been great. I am really thrilled it has been as pleasant to read as it was to write!

      Mary Maxwell's roast is one you can listen to over and over!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hi tillsontitan,

      This is another superb installment of this Journey. I appreciate that each chapter is as unique as the individuals involved.

      I confess I have heard this Mary Maxwell 'roast' and thoroughly enjoyed it the second time around, just hysterical, yet thoughtful as well.

      I must say, of all these answers, Tom Cornett's touched my heart deeply.

      Outstanding and looking forward to moving on to Chapter 6.

      Voted UP & across the board. Hugs, Maria

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I'm trying very hard to keep up with you folks! You may be "older" but you are all very wise and very good writers.

      I do so admire you all for this undertaking, and really, I do have to keep up. That isn't easy at my age.

      Great Hub, I vote it UP . I would like to share, but there is no share button on here.....

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      What a lovely comment Vincent. I'm sure these 'pearls of wisdom' will shine brightly for a long time to come. Mary is great, no doubt. Isn't it all in the timing ;)

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      A wonderful Hub and excellent choice of pictures and video. I was ROFL so hard. Yes indeed Mary had me in stitches. A great cross section of interesting answers coming from all 16 of us. I am so pleased to share my answer to your stimulating question. You continue to set the bar higher and higher and with each new chapter added we should reach the Heavens:-) Think of all these gems and pearls of wisdom combined by so many wise elders we leave to our younger generation. I pray some of them fall amongst them and shine brightly into their hearts and soul.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks sligobay!

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      sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

      These are very worthy comments to supplement a most worthy Hub.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I am really humbled; first by being part of this Journey and second by the comments that have been written here!

      Thank you Lord. I can say my grandkids do sometimes read my hubs and share them with their friends. My one granddaughter keeps telling me how cool I am because I have a blog!

      I'm glad you enjoyed my photos and poems, it was easy to pick the photos, a little harder to add my own thoughts. The 'older' photo is my husband's grandparents. You HAVE to listen to Mary Maxwell, she really is hysterical Jaye. Hope you get to hear her, I know you'll enjoy it.

      Jack, as they say, "with age comes wisdom" least I hope it does! Mary Maxwell is the jewel of my hub ;)

      xstatic I am going to read your hub as soon as I finish my comments. There is no doubt in my mind it will be a superior hub as all your hubs are! must be great for you to see your brainchild progress with each chapter just as the explorer is thrilled when he actually finds the island he was looking for!

      phdast7, I think I'm going to be lonely when the last hub is posted! This has been a great journey we've shared.

      Kathleen there is no doubt you as all of us have, will produce a hub to be proud of and one everyone will enjoy.

      Neillianna, I picked Mary Maxwell because she is so naturally a comedian and yet, like one of us and sees things as we do...she just knew how to say it better ;)

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Mary - this is just wonderful! It's beautifully put together, full of gems of wisdom and - humor ! That video is delightful. I literally laughed out loud over and over! She should have been a standup comic! Her timing is like a professional. Even that she was reading it added a bit of 'old age' charm to it, but she hardly seemed to need prompting!

      Your question has brought forth some profound answers. You've placed another shining Chapter in our odyssey! Bravo!

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Sligobay, I think you speak for all of us with chapters still to come. With each one I'm humbled to be part of this effort, and hope I can carry my own weight when it's my turn. One thing is for sure. If I don't, y'all will no doubt carry me.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Oh, I just love Mary Maxwell, she is priceless. Thank you so much for including her video. A very nicely done hub. It truly is amazing and enlightening to see the different responses to the question each time. I really appreciate the poem. So, on we go. :) Sharing,

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      arb 5 years ago from oregon

      Well done Mary! You have left your own set of fingerprints upon our collaboration. They are the distinctive and indelible identity, of your own personal contribution upon an effort, which reveals both the unity and the independence of its authors. Enjoyed the seasoned humor of Mary Maxwell and the addition of "The Journey". Once again, I am awed by the answers of our partnership. Thank you for your fingerprints.

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This chapter of our Journey effort is wonderful. You put it together beautifully with the video and images. Now the pressure is on me for tomorrow's installment.

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      Jackwms 5 years ago

      I love this hub. The video really added a lot. As I read along, the many responses to your question brought out some thoughts I already had , but also some I hadn't considered. Some of the analogies made me chuckle, e.g., learning to sip instead of gulp my wine. Good job. Now, I'm going back to watch the video again

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Your Chapter 5 adds another outstanding layer of depth to this multifaceted look at the process of growing older. The Q&A format of the series allows us to glimpse views from the perspectives of each writer, all varied, each with its own pearls of wisdom. I’m learning so much from the shared experiences and life lessons imparted. Every answer in this chapter added something special to my understanding of the true benefits that come with added years. This series is truly a bonding of minds and hearts.

      You started off by reminding me that, although I just celebrated my 69th birthday, I’m actually living in my 70th year! That knowledge takes the edge off anticipating another “big” birthday next year—the Big 7-0. I will only be celebrating the year I’m living now! Big sigh of relief….. : )

      Your graphics add first-rate touches to the whole (I especially love the old photograph and its caption), and, from comments so far, I’m sure the video did too. Unfortunately, the sound card on my (also aging) computer went on the blink! I’ll bookmark this one and listen to the video later—when I again have audio. I don’t want to miss it.

      Your poem, “Our Journey”, says it beautifully, reminding us of the need to “…really stop to look around….” as we make our way along Life’s path. It’s a pause that comes easier at this stage, with the natural slowing of pace. “All in good time” is a phrase that finally becomes clear.

      I add my "Thanks" for a superb segment.


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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      What really impress me the wisdom of these writers, included you Mary. You haven't noticed, but your writing is already set to be read by your great great grand kids. I encourage to write a hub saying hi to them. Great article and extraordinary emotions shared.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Gerg, my Maxwell video will live in infamy!

      Ah, Billy, thank you for the high praise.

      Curiad each of these installments opens a new world of wisdom and I agree, thanks to Alan we are part of something new and different.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Well done Mary! This series is not only unique, but filled with wisdom that cannot be found any ware in a format like this!

      Big thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A great series Mary, made greater by your installment.

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      Gerg 5 years ago from California

      Nicely done, tillsontitan! Yours is a beautiful and meaningful contribution to this series. I absolutely loved the Maxwell video - hilarious!


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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I loved Mary Maxwell's video when I first saw it and thought this would be a great place to use it. Happy you enjoyed it as much as I did!

      Have no fears sligobay, I'm sure your hub will be excellent and as heartwarming as all the rest.

      Thank you for the compliments on this Chapter!

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      sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

      Each chapter of our journey has been unique and informative because of the variety of questions posed and the thoughtful responses elicited. Each author posed his or own question to the others which makes the Hub of each author unique to themselves. The questions of each were known to all. The replies of the others to each question are being revealed to all only as each Hub is published. There is great anticipation for myself with the publication of each succeeding Hub.

      Our choices of photos, videos and presentation allow us to apply our unique signatures to our work.

      Thank you for introducing us to the humor and wit of Mary Maxwell.

      Her invocation in the video left me in stitches. For anyone who is reading my comment but missed the video, GO BACK and WATCH! This chapter clears the bar set by Nellieanna in the first chapter. As the sheer excellence of each author is displayed, I worry that my own Chapter #14 cannot possibly meet the mark. Thank you.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Nell. We have so much to share as we get older and Alan's idea for this "Journey" was a great one. Glad you enjoyed my chapter.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      This was amazing, so many wise words, and tom brought a tear to my eyes! lol! this was great, I have learned a few things as I get older, I see all the arguments and pettiness of youth as something that is so silly I just wish I could let all those younger ones know not to argue over stupid things that mean nothing! lol! jealousy for example, never throw you relationship away over something that doesn't matter! and many other things too, wonderful! cheers nell

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks wise our mother's and grandmother's are though we might not have realized it at the time!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Loved reading this and seeing aging from other hubbers viewpoints. I will also hear my late grandmother's words, "Wait until you get old." Simply put you will understand when you get older. I am voting this up and sharing too.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I have to agree Effer, I hope aging returns the favor for me too! Thanks for being the first to read!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      For the 5th. time.....I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this hub, as part of the 16-part series. Because "aging" lives here with me as well, I am aware of learning to live in peace with it and treat it well, so it will return the favor!! Very VERY nice work and voted up and across the board....a beautiful job by all involved.. Each response is unique and interesting in itself.