A GREAT GENERATION
Hi Fellow Seniors:
Every time I think about seniors and what they have accomplished and also what they have dealt with over the years, I am very proud to be one of them. We have witnessed many changes both good and bad and have experienced happy times and sad times. I’m sure our strength comes from a belief in ourselves that we can do anything and there are many times, both past and present that we have had to do just that.
Through it all we have maintained our sense of humour, although at times it hasn’t been easy to do. In that spirit, I would like to pass on information on ‘DO YOU LIKE GETTING OLDER?” one of my readers sent in.
* I can hit the golf ball any way I can and laugh if it goes in the lake. That’s the breaks. I’m just happy I can still hit the golf ball.
* As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own best friend.
* Whose business is it if I choose to read, or play on the computer until 4 a.m. or sleep until noon I can dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s
* I will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They too will get old.
* I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again some of life is just as well forgotten. I eventually remember the important things.
* Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a child or when a child suffers or even when somebody’s beloved pet passes? But broken hearts are what give us strength, understanding and compassion. If a heart is never broken, is pristine, sterile it will never know the joy of being imperfect.
* I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray and to have my youthful laughs forever etched into deep grooves on my face
* As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore. I’ve even earned the right to be wrong.
*I like being old. It has sent me free. I like the person I have become. I will not waste time lamenting what could have been or worrying about what will be, and I shall eat desert every single day (if I feel like it).
Many thanks to my reader who sent me one person’s insight into ageing. We are a generation who has helped build this wonderful Country and we will pass on to future generations, the spirit and caring that makes Canada a Nation to be proud of.
Dorothy Wilson is a freelance writer specializing in senior’s issues. Comments are welcome by e-mailing wil[email protected] or writing c/o St.Thomas Times-Journal, 16 Hincks Street, St.Thomas, Ont.