Growing old does not mean becoming incapacitated and annoying. It means a well of experiences, learnings and the readiness to teach the basic principles of life to the next generation. It is hard to imagine that someday each one of us may become old and physically disabled; In fact, as we age, we become a treasure trove of knowledge which on its own is an opportunity for younger ones to build upon.
And, of course, it is more appropriate to focus on how to record and transmit the bittersweet experiences and life lessons of the elderly than to merely think of the problems of sight, hearing, walking, and even talking difficulties as the sole constituents of old age.
Some people never think about aging and the resulting difficulties. We assume we are going to remain young, fresh and full of energy forever. Come crossing old people, it’s hard to imagine that they were once babies, toddlers, children, teenagers and even young! While the fact is that they have gone through all these steps and now reached a stage that we may never reach.
Big dreams, innovative ideas, ambitious plans and challenging critiques are all supposed to be for the young ages that maybe you and me are in now, and we probably think that the old generation have never thought about it and alienate them. But this is a big mistake. Older people are our mirrors that reflect our lives and destinies in future.
Whether successful or unsuccessful, they have taken a path that we have never stepped in and reached a peak we have yet to accomplish. An old man who can't walk well today was once a source of pride for his parents; an old woman who is impatient was once the loved one of a soldier far from home.
We still have a thousand ways to go. Be kind to the elderly!