Contrary to media thoughts and advertising, growing older is not|
all negative. I won't lie, some of it certainly is, but there are
attributes to it that I wish I had acquired much, much earlier. To keep
from boring you, and I probably am already, I 'll limit my comments to
one thing: The almost insane urge we all have to acquire THINGS. Of
course, being human, we all need the basics. I am not suggesting we
become Spartans. But beyond the basics of good, I did not say
magnificent, shelter, good food that gives the body what it needs,
clothing to match the climate and weather conditions you face, and
excercise and water, you really need nothing else in the realm of
material goods. We spend our lives trying to acquire things we neither
need nor want. The not wanting comes in a short while. We are so busy
working to gain the money to purchase all these toys, cars, stylish
clothes (that will be out of style next year), we lose our lives.
At least the part that counts.
As you get into what is called, "the Senior Years," you suddenly
realize that you are no longer packing to stay, you are trying to unpack
to leave. And make no mistake, we all will leave one day. What I am
saying is you lose much of the desire to acquire that has so ridden you
all of these years. And it is a grand and glorious feeling! Until it
happens to you, you will never believe the freedom you suddenly have.
All the come-ons, the ads, the one-upmanship, the trying to stay
materialistically even with your neighbors, it is GONE! The things you
have are suddenly and almost magically...Enough!
The great thing is, you don't have to wait until you are 60, 70, or
whatever! You are really free to adopt this attitude now. Try
it......it's worthwhile, and it will break a lot of shackles to your