Knowing Myself

Embrace the journey of getting older.

It’s time that I stopped bemoaning what I have lost, and started to enjoy what I have gained.  It’s time I stopped crying over the fact that my life isn’t perfect.  And it’s time I accepted that sometimes life is difficult and painful.

Since our society equates happiness with youth, we often assume that sorrow, quiet desperation, and hopelessness go hand in hand with getting older.  They don’t.  Emotional pain and numbness are symptoms of living the wrong life, not a long life.  ~  Martha Beck

Getting older is a good thing, I need to open my eyes to the amazing opportunities it affords me.  I can go anywhere and do anything without having to worry about money, time, work, or any of those other responsibilities I had when I was a younger guy.  Instead of thinking about my past I should focus on what I have gained; insight, wisdom, experience, and a myriad of new opportunities for adventure.

I can act young ~ there is no need for me to retreat into doddering senility.  But, I have lived through my youth, and there is no need for me to endlessly repeat the mistakes I made then.  I can be a very mature guy and still have a youthful and joyful outlook on life.

However, I need to accept that some things have changed, and live my life the way it is today, not the way it used to be years and years ago.  For example ~ I have more money than I can sensibly spend in the time I have left to enjoy it.  And, I am never going to bench-press 250 pounds again.

Some say that I live a really great life.  And that if I just let myself enjoy life as it is then things would become even better for me.  All I know is that I have some very good friends who really care about me.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Marmaduke is always there for me

2 responses

  1. Omfg, autocorrect! I meant Marmaduke!

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  2. Karma duke is a cutie. I’m jelly. 😊

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