Originally Posted by Low End Theory
This past weekend, my brother had his graduation party for successfully graduating high school. He has had a bit of a rough past, which I will not go into detail about, so this is a big achievement and everyone is very proud of him. We had every relative in our family and some friends over to celebrate the occasion.
As I sat there trying to figure out plans after the party, I felt guilty for not being fully in the moment, and taking advantage of the opportunity to spend time with the family member that I do not get to see often. This made me wonder how my attitude and perspective of the party differed from my 80 year old grandparents.
There life is obviously nearing its end and they are well aware of it. This might be one of the last great memories that they get to have in their life and share with their family. As for me, I have my life ahead of me and a blank canvas to paint on.
Does age make us more appreciative of things? Is it easier to live in the moment when you are older?
socrates said: an unreflective life is not worth living
there is some truth there
just because a person is older, doesnt necessarily mean that they have greater wisdom
for those who are reflective in the way they view the world, there is a deeper appreciation for life, the present moment, opportunities to celebrate, the people right in front of us
with this way of seeing things, even hardships and struggles are embraced
there is also a certain patience and understanding that doesnt even need to be overt but that others can see
there is also a sense that there is nothing new under the sun and that eventually, it will all pass
there is also a sense of peace and "at-rightness" with the world, others and oneself
without this type of reflection, you just have older knuckleheads