“Be a good steward of your gifts, ” the poet Jane Kenyon urged.
Days can get away from us and we fail to do the one thing that is most important.
This is a wasted day. We really have no time to waste.
Don’t worry about aging, worry about being boring. That’s far worse and within our control.
I once read that Leticia Balderidge, Jackie Kennedy’s social secretary, advised to prepare to be social. Read the news, know the scoop, have an anecdote ready to share. Find what is interesting about each person you have the good fortune to speak with. Say yes to events and gatherings. Put some fun into it.
At this age we’ve experienced divorce, serious illness, death, offspring joy and disappointment, successful careers and long lives. We don’t worry so much because we know most things will work out…just as they are naturally destined. We’ve learned how to listen, empathize, comfort and show up in the lives of our friends. Smiling is easy and laughter is treasured. We appreciate the present, but plan mightily for the future. Our grandchildren amaze us and we admire the youth who rear them.
We choose to be happy and bonded together.
How old would you be if you didn’t know your age?
It probably depends on the day and the company you keep, but what does your inner compass say?
Would you like to feel older or younger? What would it take to do so and why would would you want the change?
“You are older at this moment than you’ve ever been before, and it’s the youngest you’re ever going to get.”
Tim Kreider, NYT
So, what are you going to do now?