What’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned this year? Hmmm… over the past few weeks, I’m going to say the biggest lesson would have to relate to the realities of aging.
I’ve come to understand recently that the numerical value of years of life seems to have little value on the quality of life we experience at any given time. At 78, my grandmother is in very poor health and continues to hang in the gray area of life. But, I know many others at 78 whose health is comparable to my own at 34. I’m inclined to say that state of mind appears to have a significant effect on this. Of course, exercising and eating healthy are sure ways to keep the body in optimal working condition too… <sigh>.
Other lessons I’ve learned about aging over the past several weeks includes the decline in overall function, like how difficult it gets to perform basic motor functions or maintain mental clarity. It’s a rather depressing sight to see someone going into shutdown mode, regardless of how long they’ve lived. It always somehow makes us feel better when we’re able to say they’ve “lived a long life.”
But, the more positive of these lessons is that you realize how important every moment is. And, in respect to the bigger picture, it’s a very fortunate thing to have been such a significant part of something so amazing.
Thanks for the inspiration WordPress!