Life is comprised of misfortune and suffering as well as pleasure.
In life we hope there will be an even balance between pleasure and pain.
So, on our good days, we are unconscious of the evil fate may have in store for us–sickness, loss, sadness, or loss of reason.
In youth we look forward to our coming life, we are like kids in a theatre before the curtain is lifted, sitting, feeling good, waiting for life to begin.
It is a blessing we don’t know what is coming our way.
If we foresaw it, it would be like the kids were condemned, NOT to death, but to life!!!
Nevertheless, every man desires to reach old age, a state of life where it may be said:
It is bad today, and it will be worse tomorrow, and so on, until the worst of all happens!
Life is a task to be done, in death it means that man has done his task.
It is a bad situation when you are faced with a future that can only get worse in the throes of old age.
Now, lets turn to some OPTIMISM in old age.
Death looks different in old age!
In old age, hopefully, the life force is strong and death looks different, less scary.
Most old people can’t escape illness but they live with it.
They don’t let it overwhelm them and ruin the time that is left.
Part of life is aging. Dying is the biological process that happens only at the end of all that LIVING.
Our ageist society combines aging and death into one.
That’s not right, aging is concerned with life.
Every old person struggles to come to terms with death.
In our youth oriented society we tie aging to death.
We project our fears on the oldies.
But the old can and do, to a great extent, adapt to their circumstances.
As I move into my eighties I become less uneasy about death.
None of us wants to die in pain, but we’re not afraid.
People project their terror of death onto the aged.
But to an oldie, life goes on in death’s shadow!
Oldies are aware that time is short but it doesn’t fill them with dread.
It makes people spend their time more wisely.
Oldies give priority to relationships and spend time doing things that are satisfying to them.
When you’re young and striving for success, the future can be oppressive.
So, for the oldie, we are relieved of the burden of the future. We savour the moment.
There is NO present if there is NO ending!
Oldies live in the moment because we know time is running out and we don’t want to waste our time.
As I go into my eighties, I realise that somewhere along the line there is a STOP.
So you decide to live life to the fullest.
REMEMBER: THE GRIM REAPER LOOKS DIFFERENT IN OLD AGE!!!