AGE - It's more than a number

I turn 53 years old today! How did that happen? When I woke up this morning my heart was full of love and gratitude for being given the privilege to even celebrate another birthday - many don't get the chance.

Aging, it's a strange thing isn't it? As I get older, I ponder many more things than I used to.

One of the things I dislike about aging is how it is referred to in our culture. Have a look around. How many ads and products do you see with the word 'anti' in front of the word aging? It absolutely pisses me off! Why does aging even need an 'anti' to begin with? What is wrong with aging?

Another popular phrase that gets my goat is, "I may be old, but I'm still young at heart". Why can't we be old at heart and be okay with that? I mean, we spent years and years building up strength, courage and fortitude in our hearts through experiencing love, passion, grief, sorrow, disappointment, delight; etc. Why can't we simply celebrate that knowledge and wisdom we earned through those experiences?

I think our society/culture has it mixed up. There are cultures of the world that actually celebrate their elders as the carriers of great wisdom. They are deeply respected and revered. But here in the 'western' world it seems that the best place to put us aging folk is "out to pasture" so no one will witness our decay! How did we get it so wrong?