I went to see my oldest friend in the world today. She is 95 and lives at the beach. She is one of the coolest ladies I have ever known. We met almost forty years ago while were both volunteers on a suicide and crisis hotline. Times have changed, but our positive regard and love for each other has not. She is my inspiration for the right way to age. I hope I am so lucky as to reach her age and still have the joie de vivre she has.
But give up aging? I know what you're thinking. "Who does he think he is fooling? We all age. Okay, I know there is nothing we can do to stop it. Not Botox, not plastic surgery, not hanging upside down at night or keeping a portrait in the attic can for-stall the inevitable." Okay, I get it. I'm getting old. We're all getting old. Everyday, day by day, day after day. And if I don't age, well, what then, you might ask, is the alternative? Well, I'm not going there, but it is a sure way to stop aging.
No, I am going to stop aging in ways that matter. My outlook, my philosophy, my joie de vivre. That, I know, I can control. Sometimes as my physicality suffers the ill effects of gravitational pull and other wear and tear, I think that is me. It's not. I am something much more. At the risk of sounding preachy, I am spirit, I am essence, I am a child of the universe. I am, finally, created in the likeness and image of God. And God never ages. Spirit is eternal. And so there you have it.
You know its funny, but I hesitate to say things like that. I sometimes think it will put some people off. I am not sure what that says about me and my beliefs, my faith it whatever I perceive to be my "greater power". Doubt? Fear? Maybe some. But maybe it in aging in the physical sense, that I am finding my true age transcends my self-image. Am I making sense?
Oh, well, today I give up aging. I will keep myself young in my thinking and my essence. I will work on remaining curious and open to new experiences. I will not let an aging body keep me from living and loving and all those things that make life worth living.