Aging or the Art of Aging
As we age, we can tend to become somewhat set in our ways. Thinking outside of the box for many of us becomes less attractive as we take comfort in the familiar and the predictable. We rarely deviate from our routine. We go to the same places and socialize with the same people. We are creatures of habit working with a palette of the same colors scarcely considering the full array of paints available for new variations and possibilities.
What if we alter the metronome of life by engaging the aging process from a different perspective – one that embraces a continuous sense of wonder. Curiosity and cheerfulness and exuberance can lay a foundation of getting younger even as one grows older. The world becomes more restricted as time accumulates, yet taking life not too seriously and not getting caught in the “isms” and “ideologies” is essential to free-style swimming in the ocean of life.
We can animate ourselves and laugh often even knowing that tragedy is hardly far from the comedy. We can refrain from trying to make the world to our liking and let our fellow man be as he (or she) would be. The world ultimately is an able teacher.
Fortunately, there’s still time to open up the palate and paint with all the colors.