One of the biggest surprises
about getting older is seeing that change will be a constant in
life rather than something that will ever be finished. Contrary
to what I expected, I walk more quickly now than I did
ten years ago. What changed? Well, my awareness of the toll of
aging on my body is much higher now than it was in my
twenties. I once took for granted many things: my flexibility,
my strength, my endurance. Now, I have learned that I must work
hard to maintain my body, to make the best use I can of
my own capacity. Itís funny now how much more I understand my
parents than I did when I was young. They would always say,
ďYour health is the most important thing. Without it, you have
nothing.Ē So true, that, but it was only words when I was young.
Today, my parents are old, itís true, but are not going gentle
into that good night and can dance circles around me, still.
Being in the middle of life, I have found a new interest in
mathematics: how many years since; how many (possibly) left. To
be sure, I could find this all depressing, but I donít because,
with the new perspective I have gained, I see more clearly
the importance of every day and that, as always, I should expect
things to change, for the better or worse, and will have to live
with whatever may come my way.
View the original assignment
Back to Top