Notice that I haven't said looking the way I used to is a good thing. I'd rather look like a handsome older person than a geeky thirty-something.
This is a genetic thing. My sister, who is in her mid-thirties, began work in a school last year and was repeatedly asked by teachers why she wasn't in class.
When I'm 70 I'm going to think I've got another 20 years.
I'm not even 30, and I already feel like I've lived more than half my life.
i'm at the age where i know the answers to sir paul's questions in "when i'm 64" and i can see around very few family members ahead of me in the queue formed for the mortality wall.
hmmm..time with family and telling them i love them is all important. i couldn't care less about being remembered by anyone but them. i tend to reread, rewatch and relisten more to old favorites, knowing how much i'm going to miss them. i'm hoping my mind remains somewhat intact until my last breath. as i did with krono's earlier post, i laugh every chance i get and hope to get a chance to laugh one last time, when i see if the universe has played a big joke on us all.
i'm reminded of what "kid" (thomas mitchell) says at the end of recently watched "only angels have wings". knowing that he's about to die, he wants everyone to leave the room, including best friend geoff (cary grant). kid says he's not afraid, but since he's about to try something new, he doesn't want to mess it up in front of anyone.
I love getting older. Certain things freak me out, and I'm not immune to vanity and the typically ageist connotations that come with it, but for the most part I feel like every year I am more of myself. Less and less beholden to what other people want from me or think of me, which allows me to build the life I want. And I would say I was never somebody who cared overmuch about that in the first place. There's just something intangible about it as you get older.
It also gives you the benefit of a lot of experience and knowledge but the self-awareness to know that your experience and knowledge is self-filtered and not the be-all and end-all.
It's not always easy, but I figure if I keep living the life I want, I'll be ok to die when it happens, or at least feel that I have made my best effort. In any case, I'll be dead, so it doesn't really bother me too much. The idea of bad health, of prolonged illness, scares me much, much more than dying.
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.
I've yet to encounter anyone online who thinks they're not older than they look.
The widow is gathering nettles for her children's dinner; a perfumed seigneur, delicately lounging in the Oeil de Boeuf, hath an alchemy whereby he will extract the third nettle and call it rent. ~ Carlyle
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