One of the central (and currently often disregarded) functions of aging and elderhood is connect us to the past and its peculiar artifacts, skills and insights. Some people, on hearing this, assume that I mean something along the lines of “preserving antiques,” or cataloguing oddities from a long lost past.
Actually, I mean this in the tangible nature of flesh and blood, skin and bone.
Click Here to to see a beautiful photograph of a cobbler from Cyprus.
The photographer writes:
Kornos village, Cyprus.
As you might see from the photo this old man has remained faithful to the old way of shoe making and repairing.
The words fail to capture the depth of expression, the intense knowing, that can only come from a lifetime of honing a particular skill. Head, Heart and Hands are interconnected in a deeply authentic way.
We would be fortunate to enter into our own old age with these kinds of insights.