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

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

82 thoughts on “On Ageing And Obsolescence

  1. Wonderful, Madhu!
    I still make and send handmade cards, although fewer than I used to since they take a lot of time to create, but I think there is something special about the handwritten note that can’t be conveyed through email.
    However, I do like having the conveniences of technology also – just not all the time.

  2. I have a box full of letters, some from the ’70s and ’80s. Other than birthday cards and holiday cards, I don;t think I’ve received a handwritten letter in years! Kind of sad. Nice post, Madhu!

  3. As the mid-40’s settle in (and hopefully not exclusively on my hips!), C.S. Lewis is the thought I hope to hold onto the strongest! The lightning speed advances of technology have been amazing over our adult years.

  4. I’ve passed many of the milestones you mentioned, Madhu. I hope the youngsters remember that “with age comes wisdom” and they don’t rush to outsource us too quickly.
    I love your photos and quotes, especially the one about home by John Ed Pearce. So true.

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