On Ageing And Obsolescence
Old is when you suddenly find yourself on the wrong side of the generation gap. When you take time to figure out ‘LOL’ does not actually mean ‘Lots of Love’. When your boss is (was) a decade younger than you. When your four year old child/grandchild can make your smartphone do astonishing things, that you would never have thought possible!
When routines like dialing a rotary phone, rolling your car window, trekking to the photo lab to spend a fortune on developing film, sending snail mail signed with a fountain pen in cursive hand……..have all quietly slipped through the hourglass.
I try to hold on to the handwritten notes and the books, but have joyfully embraced the liberation from labour of the rest (even if it means extra work to keep it from showing on my hips).
So excuse me while I go Face Time with the kids. I hope you enjoy browsing through these ‘Old’ quotes and galleries.
“We’ve put more effort into helping
folks reach old age than into helping
them enjoy it”
~ Frank A Clark
“For a long time on Earth humans didn’t
worship good gods; that’s a new idea.
The ancient Greek gods, the Hindu gods,
are fairly amoral, most of them. We get
stuck when we insist that God be both
good and all-powerful”
~ Barbara Ehrenreich
“Tombs are the clothes of the dead
and a grave is a plain suit;
while an expensive monument
is one with embroidery’
~ R. Buckminster Fuller
“The poets’ scrolls will outlive
the monuments of stone.
Genius survives; all else
is claimed by death”
~ Edmund Spenser
“Home is a place you grow up
wanting to leave and grow old
wanting to get back to”
~ John Ed Pearce
And don’t forget: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” ~ C S Lewis