the privilege of old age

by Stormfish September. 07, 2010 4660 views

although these images are meant highly ironic in contrast to the title, i do believe there ARE some real privileges to old age.

not only are we too much affected by the cult of youth we're constantly bombarded with in media and advertisement, we also seem to forget that each moment, each day and year we add to our lives, means accumulated experience, constantly filtered and consolidated by our mind, to produce what generally is considered wisdom, even if this is an admittedly relative term.

for long time, i have this vision of myself that one day, when i retire, i will be finally able to read all the books as i like, step into deep discussions about all the topics i am concerned about, do all the things i believe are important or need to be done, without time pressure, without being harassed by performance demands or urgent to do lists.

i know this is just a wish and there is no guarantee that i'll ever reach this state… but as a fantasy, a picture against the overwhelming fear of decaying, slow degrading of my ability to jump around like a young bull, it has something beautifully soothing.

and i don't mean THIS ironically at all.

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Mikkal Noptek 9 years, 6 months ago

Ageing is a difficult question to think about. I think the answers are different whether you are in good shape or you're ill, and it depends on what you're doing before.

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-- Lyency 9 years, 6 months ago

i am listening to you all but no comment sorry
i am biased but not unhappy either
i am but not

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Monika 9 years, 6 months ago

saw your post probably short after you`ve posted it and my first thought was, start reading and talking and acting today. dancingdolphins comment serves a good reason. but lets be optimistic and assume you`ll have many happy pension years ahead of you, but the question is, will you still want to read all those books, discuss all those issues and do all those things you so badly wish today, when you are suddenly free to do them? what makes you feel that now its not yet your time? just enjoy jumping around like a young bull, as long as you can, instead of wasting your time with worrying about the time when you cant ;)

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Roxanne 9 years, 6 months ago

probably the most interesting part of this post are the portraits for me because I live in the "homeless capital of the world" (so they say & I believe) well according to your portraits homelessness looks the same there as it does here, although right now the homeless are not wearing such warm coats here. but the old age & the homelessness is another interesting point because I find the harshness of the street life ages these people and you never know how old they are?? Many times when talking with the homeless here which we do a lot of, they seem happier than us & are seemingly less stressed. Maybe that is because we live in LA LA land and everything is so sunny (on the surface anyway). Maybe even the homeless are acting here!

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Jacki 9 years, 6 months ago

my first husband didn't make it past 50 and I often wonder if he had known, would his priorities have been different... some people seem to thrive on their perception of what must be done, I for one learned not to put off what I enjoy doing. This is meant to be encouragement to "read and have deep discussions" now! :-)

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