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Do I enjoy growing old or do I fight against it?

               Thought of using the prompt to help me in writing the post for the day. Today's prompt being,"Do you enjoy growing old or do you fight against it?"

                Very frankly, I am enjoying growing old!  Actually, there are some aspects of ageing that get my thumbs up and others that do not. The maturity, the intuition, the perception, that I have gained, thanks to the passing years, have helped me become a better human being. They have helped me change my perspective, accept people and situations as they are, and view the world and not cringe with discomfort. With age, I have learnt to treasure the people who have come in my life, more than the 'things' that I have been accumulating. It is because of age that I know the difference between the two, and the importance that needs to be given to the former, and not the latter.

              However, the visible aspects of ageing like wrinkles and grey hair, achy joints and a dipping fervour, are things I am not looking forward to! There was a time, not long back, when I dreamt of "growing old gracefully". My friends would nod their heads and look at me with the "we shall see" look in their laughing eyes. But, the sighting of the first grey on my crowning glory made me run to get it 'fixed'. 'Lines' have begun to mean something more than what we see on papers and books:  fine lines and laugh lines keep appearing like apparitions out of the blue! One day they aren't there, and the next day there are two!  Thankfully, there are quick fixes for all these 'oldy' problems!

           Ugh! That must make me sound shallow! Where has the wisdom, that I gained with age, gone? I know, there will be a time, not far from today, when I will be all wrinkly and grey. There will be a time, when my joints will croak under my weight and my vision will be blurry, when I will have not sparkling white teeth, but shining golden ones! But, that's life!  We keep changing our 'clothes' from time to time. But, we also keep gaining so much with every change. And, it is best that we take it all in our  stride and keep moving ahead, with out head held high and our spirits held higher! Don't they say that wine tastes better with age? The same applies to us, humans, too!





          
NaBloPoMo November 2014

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               ___H.W.Longfellow.



             Traversing through  life, how often do we look back wistfully at our past and wish we could go back, wish we could live it all over again, just one more time?   Each time we witness the young around us enjoying life, enjoying their freedom and pursuing dreams with an enviable vigour, how we wish we could swap places! Sigh.

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