Love · Misconceptions

Aging gracefully

Having battled prostate cancer,  the California man  Kirt Spradlin relishes every single month that life affords him. When asked his age, he proudly replies, “79 and a half. The former electrical engineer took up a new hobby after retirement: mountain climbing. He has climbed Mount Whitney and Kilimanjaro and trekked to Mount Everest’s base camp. Just last year, he and wife Donna went on a week-long backpacking trip — just the two of them alone in the wilderness. Donna is 80..

“People think we’re nuts,” he says. But for him, aging with a bad attitude is simply out of the question.

You might wonder why I would write about aging, this early in life. But I see no right age to talk about aging. Just the past month, I was talking to a friend about it. It’s funny how I promised to write about it the same week but never ended up doing so.

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Aging is nothing but an accumulation of changes on the face and wisdom in the head. With every passing year, you’re going to look less pretty but get wiser. Any alternate theory is only an illusion/wishful thinking. There are thousands out there who battle the perils that aging brings with it. They are too obsessed with looking younger than their age.Squeezing in an extra day at the gym, punishing their palette, dieting the hell out, flooding their faces with anti aging creams. All of this, just to look younger. Maybe they succeed but eventually, all of us have to come to terms with the fact that we can’t look 30 when we are 40 and 40 when we are 50. The sooner we accept that, the better it is. No harm in going to the gym when you’re 50.  All I am saying is that you must accept the fact that after a particular age, with every passing year, your looks will resemble the curve of a downward sloping graph.

One should focus on inculcating essential traits such as empathy, selflessness and compassion with age. Because with every passing year, such essentials hold you in better stead to cope with the dynamics of your personal and professional life. Also, it is the exhibition of these traits that make aging more beautiful. Isn’t your day made better when a random pedestrian flashes a smile at you?

Aging is beautiful because it is the most honest thing. It does not differ in its treatment.. It deals with every human being in the same way. Accepting this fact eliminates a  huge chunk of “wallowing in self pity.” Let’s age gracefully. Let’s age wisely.  And as Mark Twain has beautifully said- “Wrinkles merely mark, where smiles have been”

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