Excerpt from Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (pg. 118)
Weren't you ever afraid to grow old, I asked?
"Mitch, 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;re 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."
Yes, I said, but if aging were so valuable, why do people always say, "Oh if I were young again." You never hear people say, " I wish I were sixty-five"
He smiled. "You know what that reflects? Unsatisfied lives. Unfulfilled lives. Lives that haven't found meaning. Because 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. You can't wait until sixty-five.
Last year I read Tuesdays with Morrie and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Many points that Morrie made about the brink of death had me reflecting on life. There have been points in my life when I say " I cant wait til I'm 35!" than there are other times that I say "Man if I were in high school again" When I read the above passage, I realized why I have made such contrasting comments. There are some moments that I have been very satisfied with the path that I am on and other times I am not to satisfied with my journey. The important thing that I took from reading this book, is to be satisfied, move forward, and have meaning!
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