The truth is that each life stage has its gifts and challenges. We privilege youth because we are more comfortable with the past. We know what to expect and how to engage in our lives to ensure the greatest degree of possible mastery.
Aging, however, is unexplored territory. Especially because we have seen people in the past do getting older poorly, we fear the worst. By going to extremes—either reviling or romanticizing aging—we miss the richness of the life stage, itself. But as one of my octogenarian friends puts it, with age, we not only have the opportunity to grow older, but to grow whole.
To reap the full potential of this later-in-life stage does require something of us, however. Aging asks us to engage more deeply with the mystery of life than ever before. Taste the spiritual fruits and the transcendent wisdom of age and you will love the young, but be glad you have lived long enough to enjoy the harvest.
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