Experience as a Flashlight: I stared at the man in the motel lobby who was talking to some other people. He was balding and his face had moles, lines, and bumps. I saw him however as a young man. Underneath that exterior, I saw a man with a full head of hair, young skin, sharp features and determined chin. His youth was still there even though his facial parts had changed due to aging.
I now see myself in the same way. Even though I see gray hair around the temples and in most of my beard, I know that inside I am the same person I have always been. Oh sure, I have gained some wisdom from the experiences I have been through, but I still have a lot of the same fears and uncertainties I struggled with when I was much younger. Even though I can’t throw a baseball as hard as I once could, I can vicariously do it through that young man on the pitcher’s mound. In the same way, I can run as fast as the marathoner on TV (I once ran a 25K race). Gray hair is just a covering for a lively brain at work inside my head.
So the good news is for young people who look at old age as a bummer, I say that is baloney. I feel like the old man in the TV Show As Time Goes By “I am on the edge of life’s next great adventure.” I am just as excited about the future as I was as a youngster.
One of my favorite songs when I was growing up still is: “Fairy tales can come true, they can happen to you, when you’re young at heart.”
The years will change the outward appearance, but inside we can keep our curiosity and wonder about life just as we did when we were young.