What Are My Choices In Being Older?

Ever tired. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better…Samuel Becket

Aging takes its toll. It is easy to become defeated by losses and setbacks. Withdrawal and isolation are common is a society that venerates youth and sees aging as pathology. Despite these emotional and cultural headwinds, being older still offers the opportunity to dance with circumstances.

Aging adults are free to set the agenda and see what happens. They are equally free to change their minds, be out of character or reclaim a dream.

The same is true for disengagements and amends. It is also possible to do nothing and dance with the gift of each day.

Aging changes many things but choice survives it all.

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