Maxine always has something to say! As we mature, age, our bodies start to lose the zest and vigor, our minds may still want to play and experience all that life has to offer, but the balance between body and mind has shifted. We’ve all at one time or another had the e-mails or faxed “words of wisdom” passed around to us.
All cute and all words to quote and use when times get tough when we think we are getting old. Usually if I am to believe the moaners and groaners out there in the 25-45 year age group getting older is a process and accept it or not, it is a journey that has to be taken. The magazines, and marketing shows all want us to think that we can stop the process, there are products out there to make one look younger, or a way to apply makeup so you take years away. The French have an expression, “whether you want or you don’t want it, life happens” that is a literal translation.
Laughter is timeless – Imagination has no age – and Dreams are forever (Walt Disney) I can tell you that when for some reason or another I’ve had to visit a home for the elderly, I don’t hear a lot of laughter. When you look into the faces of the men and women who are sitting there lined up in chairs, facing or backs to the sunshine. You usually meet eyes that are blank, with no laughter waiting to spill over, just a tired, resigned look of apathy. No one wants to be in that position, no one goes out of their way to be alone in their very senior years, but for some this is where their journey will bring them.
Even the young are facing such moments. Social media, has a lot of pluses, but it also has the potential of leaving us more alienated from life than we’ve ever found ourselves before. We (society) has taken steps to ensure that what we put into and on our bodies has a best before date emblazoned on it. We joke, and talk about getting old, but we don’t really prepare, really prepare for old age. We accept that a plant will grow and go through the cycle of its life and die, but our own life cycle, we tend to put on hold. We want to live at all costs, and we are always so busy planning how we will do that.. We do not live the moment. If we are unhappy with something, we cleverly, create other means of satisfying that itch, or passion. There is a lot of talk of improving our own SELF. it is a huge task, do we really work hard putting our utmost sincerity (makoto) into dealing with our own issues. Happiness is something that begins within. One first has to be happy with one’s SELF, in the end, that is all you have is your SELF.