This one needs a separate blog. Nothing is more important than survival and our children are its basic element.
It seems just a moment ago that the little children in my life were growing up and soon were empty-nesting. But their midlife is arriving and it is supposed to be easier: this one love-note for my own children and children's groups I was blessed to help in cultural enrichment, arts and crafts, swim club, junior olympics, BSA and GSA scouts, and endless response in good moments and challenging ones - now with their own children and some grey hair. I am still "yours in a heartbeat" to talk all night long if you like, but nice to see you do not need much, and when there is the moment, you seem to figure it out just fine! So proud of you!
So just this:
Growth to adulthood and decline to our passing are naturally GRACEFUL - with the human complications to keep it lively all along the timeline. You have no right to say 'old' - that is the business of your life drive and whatever you call the source of all life. "Life is easy- pay attention" someone told me and I passed that one thing on to my children and it still holds now.
Encourage your aging parents to stay young.
They may even be amazed at what they can do - and feel they want to do. No one has the right to undermine the life of another. I see that my aging is arriving almost 20 years later than it did for my parents - thanks to my parents, in many of its specifics - health, fitness, money, creativity, spirituality, and personal powers. My thoughts are satisfying - I have not ruled the world, so far, but put my hand to all I could do and I have done some things really well, so far, and have the drive to do more.
See the miracles at later life - things forbidden by youth in its passions, and obligations and immaturitiesget golden later in life. Since we are able to enjoy much better health, for many more years, we can do more. Each year more are living to be one hundred years old, and that fact makes us realize that retiring from things too soon is unwise and even silly. I may be doing the best life ever, making the most money, and enjoying new things beyond my earlier dreams.
Whether that be for a day or for many years to come, to never think old. And that, when it is my time to pass, that I can co-operate to make a fine day of it, for all involved. To leave with a blessing, not a curse, with loved ones near for a moment and then on again - love empowers.
"Love is a Freedom Song"