19th October 2021 Ms Kala Pohl
Another year older. I look in the mirror. I see a face with lines, skin not so clear, hair greying, a body not quite trim…. but I feel so young. I wake up each morning with anticipation, with the knowledge that the day is going to be wonderful. And it usually is. I can’t wait to jump out of bed. Well, most of the time, that is. Then there are those days, when my physical body reminds me how old I really am.
Here’s a poem I wrote about growing old:
comes to us all
It should be a process
A journey of
dignity and grace
Down the road
to another embrace
Harvard psychologist, Ellen Langer discusses her theory about aging in her book Counterclockwise. She says that we are all victims of our own stereotypes about aging and health. We mindlessly accept negative cultural cues about disease and old age, and these cues shape our self-concepts and our behavior. If we can shake loose from the negative clichés that dominate our thinking about health, then we can “mindfully” open ourselves to possibilities for more productive lives even into old age. Do you agree?
So, what are your thoughts about aging? I love painting trees, they age so gracefully:)