|Not bad for 60|
You Know You’re Getting Wiser When
In less than a month, I’ll be 52 years old. I tell people that I’m 60 because I get more compliments. Anyway, I am enjoying the fact that I’m getting older, because I feel that I am truly getting wiser.
Not everyone does; some age without closing the gap between knowledge and wisdom, because wisdom is your ability and desire to teach and share the knowledge you have acquired.
That’s a bit deep even for me on an early Saturday morning, so I’ll break it down for the youngsters.
· You know you’re getting wiser when you look around and wonder why you have so much stuff.
· You know you’re getting wiser when you stop dating the same person in a different body.
· You know you’re getting wiser when people ask for your advice without you offering it.
· You know you’re getting wiser when your daughter throws a fit and you smile and walk away.
· You know you’re getting wiser when you know it's better to be happy than it is to be right.
· You know you’re getting wiser when you can still dance all night, but you’re only moving your neck, shoulders and every now and then you throw your hands up in the air and wave them like you just don’t care.
· You know you’re getting wiser when you care more about your insides than you do your outsides.
· You know you’re getting wiser when a big book is better than a big meal.
In contrast you are getting older and not wiser when:
· You’re clothes are smaller than you and you still think it’s cute.
· Your shoes hurt your feet, but you wear them anyway because you think they make your legs look good.
· You went to your granddaughter’s prom because you couldn’t go to your own.
· You get mad at the people who are trying to help you.
· You swear that you don’t need glasses and are convinced that people are making things smaller.
· You collect things that have no purpose and then add insult to injury by not dusting them.
· You refuse to let go of that one piece of hair because back in the day people told you that you had “good” hair.
· You are mad at me right now.
We start aging the moment we are born. Aging is a fact of life. If you are anti-aging, then you are pro-immediate death. 50 is not the new 30; unless you are a dog.
We should hope to age, but as we do, let’s strive to become wiser.
Be you, be older, be wiser.
Bertice Berry, PhD.