As we age, we often act surprised, as if no one warned us that we would eventually get old. When we are young, we tend to believe that old age happens to other people and that we will never experience it ourselves. This is because our brains are wired to resist the idea of our own mortality.
However, there is an upside to this way of thinking. Believing that we are immortal in our youth allows us to explore the world with excitement and fearlessness without being held back by thoughts of our mortality. This is important for a society to thrive and progress.
As we grow older, we become increasingly aware of our mortality and may experience physical and mental decline. This can be difficult to accept, and we may feel a sense of loss and longing for what we used to be able to do.
Despite these challenges, there is still joy to be found in life, and we should hold on to that joy fiercely. We should focus on spending time with loved ones, pursuing our passions, and finding meaning in our lives, even as we face the challenges of aging.
Ultimately, aging is a natural part of life, and we must learn to accept it with grace and dignity. Although it may be difficult, we can find joy and purpose in our later years, and we should strive to live our lives to the fullest, regardless of our age.
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Spot on! Bull’s eye again. You should publish these thoughts in book form.