I think my greatest fear is getting old. I'm not sure of the cause but it may be that I have seen way too many grumpy old people that have lost their purpose and meaning. I read a post from Randy Elrod today that had some great thoughts on growing old and I wanted to share it here.
Are you too old to know? I like to think of age as psychographic, not demographic.
One of my favorite questions was first posed by the immortal Satchel Paige,
If you didn’t know how old you are, how old would you be?
As a child, we are often told, “You’re too young to know that yet.”
But what about the things we forget as we grow older?
Here’s a list. What can you add?
Are you too old to know…
How to play in a sandbox?
How to hold hands?
How to be silly?
How to swing on a swingset with your eyes closed?
A true friend?
How to hold someone up in the air helplessly on a seesaw?
What it feels like to make love?
What a hug feels like?
How it feels to be flirted with?
How to be the life of the party?
How to walk down the stairs without touching?
The frenzied excitement at the distant sound of a ice cream truck?
Your favorite animal as you lay in a field watching the clouds?
The sloppy wet kiss of a puppy on your face?
How to trust?
How to twirl?
How to whistle?
The thrill of a kiss?
A smile from a passerby?
The rush of an airplane takeoff?
How to learn new things?
Freedom from the past?
What it feels like to be needed?
A new wine?
How to dream?
How to take a chance?
How to wish upon a star?
How to say superkalafragilisticexpealadoshus?
How to not care if a word is misspelled?
The thrill of giving a child a crisp new dollar bill?
The feel of smooth supple skin?
A blank slate?
How to roll your “r’s?”
How to eat dessert first?
How to forget?
Question: What other things does life cause us to “unknow” as we grow old(er)?