Thursday, February 28, 2013

We Are Getting Older


When I watched the Wanita Hari Ini TV show discussed about how women at forty can reduce the feeling of being threatened by their own age, it reminds me about what Professor Morrie once said about the fear of aging.

We were told by our society that the younger someone is the prettier they will be, the younger the healthier, the younger the better, and so on so forth. By this, we keep trying to get rid of aging process and hide it by struggling to get the younger looks. Yeah, it's not wrong to look younger than your age, but it indicates that people are afraid to grow older. They feel that they are threatened by the younger generations. (Women, especially). I wanna type here some of the sayings by Prof Morrie regarding this issue. Simple but deep. Very deep.

He said,

"I embrace aging. It's very simple. As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you'd always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It's growth. It's more than the negative that you are going to die, it's also the positive that you understand you're going to die, and that you live a better life because of it. "

"If you've found meaning in your life, you don't want to go back. You want to go forward. You want to see more, do more."

"If you're always battling against getting older, you're always going to be unhappy, because it will happen anyhow."

"How can I be envious of where you are, when I've been there myself?" (This is the answer he gave when asked whether or not he envies younger people)

~Quotes taken from the book entitled: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. ~

So it is understandable, right? That no matter what age you are at now, the most important thing is to treasure it, to make it significant, to do your best, and never feel the need of going back to the younger age. Aging adds life's experiences to you, or in sum, it makes you wiser. Remember, too many of us look back to our past and say: "Oh my God why I was so stupid last year." Yes, every year we have this kind of monologue within ourselves. Thank God we realize about it. :)

Our Prophet said that the only disease that can't be cured is old age. ((Allah has not created a disease except that He has created a cure for it; except for a single disease: old age. Tirmizee, 2039)) Embrace it. Age means time. And time means Allah is still giving you chance to improve yourself, to clean up your soul, to do more 'ibadah, to contribute more to the society, and to be more prepared to meet Him.

So ladies, what's there to be afraid of telling your real age? The longer you stay in the denial phase about your age, the more you'll feel down and unsatisfied. Nothing you can do to change your age, but you can add value to it.


p.s.: I am 26 and happy.

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