Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~Mark Twain, Following the Equator
Everyone is a little vain. Let’s face it, as we grow older a part of us dreads the onslaught of age-related maladies. I for one am no exception. I am afraid of not just the physical issues that will plague me but also the mental since dementia runs in my family. All I can hope for and do is to live a healthier lifestyle, keep a positive outlooks and ensure I have a comfortable retirement. 😉
Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow’s hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life. ~Charles Dickens
In the meantime I will continue enjoying my 40’s revel in my 50’s and ask life to “bring it on.” Am ready to take her by the horns.
A man’s age is something impressive, it sums up his life: maturity reached slowly and against many obstacles, illnesses cured, griefs and despairs overcome, and unconscious risks taken; maturity formed through so many desires, hopes, regrets, forgotten things, loves. A man’s age represents a fine cargo of experiences and memories. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wartime Writings 1939-1944, translated from French by Norah Purcell