Saturday, January 28, 2006

Worn Out ... Or Just Wearing In?

In previous posts, I've beaten up on the elderly pretty good in this blog. I still maintain that some people just cannot accept the fact they are getting old. There is an inherent problem with aging ... you wear out. It's nature's way of keeping the population in check. It seems like every time you turn on the news, there's some elderly person being interviewed complaining about being on a fixed income, or someone taking advantage of them because they're old and defenseless. (Personally, I can't help but wonder how thieves always seem to know who has cash stuffed under their mattress.) But today, I had the pleasure of having a really nice conversation with my 80 something neighbor. Aside from having virtually no sight and limited hearing, this man has suffered two strokes within the last two years and has had trouble with his knees and back for decades. Does he complain? No. He attributes his ailments to age ... nothing more. In fact, this man will be happy to share his life experiences with anyone, partly to reminisce and partly to pass on life lessons leaned. I wish more senior citizens would quit whining about their present condition, so they could share their past with others who would love to listen.


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