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Aging and death

Posted Sep 22 2008 4:36pm

I was talking to a friend of mine this evening. Both of her parents are in a nursing home, and her dad’s not doing too well.

She remarked that she got upset when she last went to visit them, and her dad said, “Well, everybody dies, it’s OK” and that reminded me about this delightful post from Sista Smiff about old age which contained this quote:

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.

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