Wisdom is the collective repository of reflective and reflexive understandings that settle deep in one’s soul after a long journey — a life adventure peppered with laughter, tears, fear, foolishness, joy, doubt, amazement and wonder. Pay attention to those who have traveled before you. Ask questions and listen with your whole being. Like echoes in a canyon, the lessons will continue whispering their meaning.
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We’ve all done it. Certainly, I have. You know what I mean: spoken a little louder, perhaps a little slower, maybe, with the same affect used when talking to small children. We somehow—for some reason—assume that as the hair lightens/thins/disappears, and the shoulders stoop, cognitive thinking is slowly washed out by the inevitable bright light that holds vigil at the end of the tunnel. Oh, it’s done with the best of intentions. We want to show respect, show deference, reduce the load and clear a path to green pastures. “Take it easy,” “Can I get you anything?” “Oh, sweetie, I’ll get that,” “Have a seat, honey…you’ve earned it.”
“I said, HAVE A SEAT…YOU’VE EARNED IT.”
Nice. Polite. Moms all over are proud. Right? I mean that’s how we were taught to treat our elders. Remove responsibilities, assume control, open the door and help them in and out of the backseat. Nice. Polite. Moms all over are proud. Right?
Not so fast. I like the intent, truly I do, but we need to rethink our assumptions regarding “old age.”
Here are a few age-related facts:
George Bernard Shaw completed “Heartbreak House” at the age of 60.
J. R. R. Tolkien was 62 when he published the 1st volume of “Lord of the Rings.”
Benjamin Franklin, at the age of 70, helped draft the Declaration of Independence.
Cornelius Vanderbilt began buying railroads after he turned 70.
Jessica Tandy and George Burns were both 80 years old when they won Oscars.
Coco Chanel was the CEO of a design firm at the age of 85.
Picasso was still producing drawings and engravings at 90.
In 2013, Yiichiro Miura a Japanese mountaineer, became the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 80.