I'm not crazy about the aches and pains and I'm certain that I used to be smarter. But I'm also certain I'm wiser now. And at the end of the day, I reckon wisdom trumps smarts.
I don't really understand the obsession our culture has with sustaining youth. Just glance at those magazines in the checkout line. Everyone of them promises the secret to feeling and looking younger. Why is that? At what age do we stop wishing to be a bit older and start wishing to be a bit younger? I guess it must be around 27 for most people. I think that's such a waste. I'm so much cooler than I was at 27.
Why don't we just embrace the age we are now? Right now, I'm older than I've ever been before and I'm really ok with that. If I get smashed to death by a falling oak tree tomorrow, that would be ok with me, but I'd be a bit disappointed that I have so much more to do. My bucket list grows faster than my to-read list.
There are a few pearls of wisdom I've collected from the great philosophers of the ages over my years.
- Life is short, but it's wide
- You can't always get what you want
- Obla di, obla da life goes on
- To everything there is a season and time to every purpose under heaven
- What you think about me is really none of my business
- Everything is holy now
- Sometimes you just gotta
- Love and knowledge are never wasted
- Things will own you if you let them
- There's a big problem with perfection
Be fearless! You get better at screwing up the more you practice.
In the seconds before that big oak tree falls on me if I have any regrets, I hope to honk they are for things I've done and not for things I haven't tried.