Well, of course Dr. Thomas is aging. We’re all aging. We all begin the extraordinary process of cell growth, senescence and death while we’re still in the womb. Imagine that! We actually begin “growing old” before we’re out of the womb.
So, then, what’s all the hub-bub about aging? I’ll tell you what it’s NOT about. It’s not about adopting common-sense life styles that would enhance both the quality and quantity of our exploratory missions to this planet: we eat the wrong foods in quantities that are truly startling. We smoke, chew tobacco, snort cocaine, inject heroin etc., etc. And it’s not about finding the optimal housing
arrangement for our 88-year-old mothers, either. Since the dawn of man, our elders have managed to find housing. Yes, today there are unique circumstances that challenge our village, but if we can land men on the moon, we can certainly come up with a way to care for our parents.
So, again, why all the noise NOW about aging? I was watching a rerun of The Sopranos today (I haven’t owned a TV for 25 years. Thankfully, the Internet provides a broad range of entertainment options.) Anyway, during one of his psychotherapeutic sessions, Tony Soprano said, “We’re the only country where people expect to be happy. And despite everything we’ve been given, happiness eludes us.”
That’s it! That’s the answer, the REAL answer to the question, Why all the noise? Now. Happiness. Think about it . . . most of our parents (I’m 63; my parents, mid-eighties) never found their Golden Years. After a Depression and a brutal World War, most worked, retired and either scraped out a modest living from Social Security and meager savings, lived with their children or just died. Remember how our parents sacrificed, scrimped and saved to give us “a better life” than they had? Well, we’ve tweaked the algorithm so WE can have what THEY never did. Besides, we’re Boomers, and Boomers practically invented change on a massive scale.
So, Get Ready! They’re coming. And they’re selling happiness. And they know where 60% + of this country’s wealth is. In OUR pockets. So, before they knock on your door, ask yourself . . .Is it possible to grow old – with chronic disease, loneliness, isolation, – and still be happy? Well, is it?
”Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get
married, have children, and call that maturity.
What that is, is aging.”
– Maya Angelou
True that. Martin Bayne