All my life I’ve been taught how to die, but no one ever taught me how to grow old.
BILLY GRAHAM, Newsweek, Aug. 14, 2006
That was new to me, and it inspired me to think about a few things.
Shortly before my mother died, she remarked that, though she wasn’t wild about the process of getting there, she was OK with death. The only part of the aging she had a problem with was that she was “mad” that my dad was becoming an “old man” as she didn’t want to think of him as anything but young and vibrant.
But, my dad still works full-time, does lots of things he wants to do despite some physical setbacks here and there. I think he’s a good example of aging.
I just had a birthday, and I think a lot about myself getting older. Though I don’t feel all that old mentally, every day there are physical changes to remind me that I am, indeed getting older and I want to make the most of it. I want to have people say, like the lady Sista saw, “she knows how to live”.
There’s lots of good examples out there, I think I will study them harder.