When I turned 40, an older friend of mine at the office told me:
"Get ready for the downhill ride of your life"
This was an ominous and depressing thought at the time
But now that I have had a dozen years to reflect on it, I'm not so sure
Yes I am older
And my body is not what it was when I was twenty...
But my mind has grown
I see things much more clearly now
I see connections, details and relationships now, that I would never have noticed at the age of twenty.
I understand people, and the universe, like I have never understood before.
As youth fades, wisdom fills in the empty places where vanity and conceit once dominated.
But only if you let it
We should value this wisdom, simply for the amount of heartache with which it is acquired
For those who pride themselves on their looks, and not much more, there is not much promise for the future.
We need to keep learning, this I know, and I have found throughout my life that the more I learn, the more I want to learn.
We diminish ourselves
When we place looks over substance
As a society
As a specie
At any time
Who we are
What we are
Where we are going
What we aspire to be
There is an aesthetic of the mind
Which we all too often
Fail to recognize
Chose to hide
Or simply ignore
Let us chose
Not to do that
Do not just grow old