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A gift, called, Old Age

Updated on May 20, 2008

The gift

O K as I am now 68 and feeling fine and wondering what it is about getting old that bothers many people I got this message from a friend. It is just too good not to share...and I tried to find out on Wikipedia if there was anyone I could credit for this. No luck...so I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.....

I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. Oh,not my body! I sometimes despair over my body, the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt. And often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my mirror, but I don't agonize over these things for long.

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I have aged I've become more kind to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.

I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying 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 to 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 a.m. and sleep until noon?

I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60's and 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 ones.

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 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, to answer your question, 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)

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.

So to whomever wrote this I Thank You and gladly have passed it on...G-Ma :o) hugs

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    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      R Burow...awww you will be fine, takes some adjusting though, well for me it did, but God knew what He was doing...so go with the flow...Thanks for commenting...G-Ma :O) Hugs

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      R Burow 

      9 years ago from Florida, United States

      Thanks for the inspiration. I willl be your age soon enough. The question is, will I be as brave as you are. Will I grab all the 'gusto'. I sure hope so.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      LOL frogyfish...I am ready to dive..."splish splash taking a bath along about a saturday night..ruba dub dub three men in a tub..thinking everything was alright..remeber that one? You ae a sweet one..and thanks G-Ma :O) HUGS

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      frogyfish 

      9 years ago from Central United States of America

      Thank you so much for sharing this with us! It is so very true, and I am right there with you. I do hope your day with your Mother was a peaceful and joyfilled Mother's Day! Thank you for enjoying and commenting on my Grandmother hub also! Yes, we will 'get there' too unless we dive out first! :-)

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      I agree terry it is a good one and also thanks for the comment my dear G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Terry Thinktank 

      10 years ago from India

      G ma

      what wonderful words. I especially liked " I have earned the right to be wrong."

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      thank you my dear...and for your comment G-Ma :o) hugs

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      SweetiePie 

      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      You do not look 68 G-Ma. You are much younger than that at heart. Nice hub.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      thanks for your comment dear...G-ma :o) hugs

    • Rob Jundt profile image

      Rob Jundt 

      10 years ago from Midwest USA

      Encouraging words for those of us a bit younger, but gaining wisdom from words such as these. Thanks for sharing.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Mr.M..They are some great words..whoever wrote them seems a wonderfully adjusted soul...and a spring chicken??well we all feel like that don't we? Thanks for the comment G-Ma :o) hugs

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Monitor...Thank You sweetie and believe me I know the feelings...and I have become my own friend too G-Ma :o) hugs

    • MrMarmalade profile image

      MrMarmalade 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      Those are the most marvelous set of words I have ever seen put together.

      Still think you are only a spring chicken

      Thank you

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      monitor 

      10 years ago from The world.

      "I have become my own friend" Great words G-Ma.

      Your fan.

      Mon. (catching up just as fast as I look in the mirror and well past you some mornings)

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