“You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” -- George Bernard Shaw
I love old buildings. I love their character, texture, individuality. The same may be said of old people, old wine, old paintings and well aged whiskey. Each becomes more cherished, more unique and more special the older it becomes. We ourselves need to age so that we can really appreciate the depth of character that aging brings to our lives.
Some people have yearned to be young forever, and have searched for the Fountain of Youth. Not me. I've been there and done that. In all likelihood if I had an opportunity to be young again, particularly if I could not benefit from the experience of aging and maturity, I would be as impetuous, foolhardy and reckless as I was the first time around.
Of course, there will come a time for all of us, if we live long enough, that we might drool, mumble, grumble and moan about getting old. But while we have some friends, some family and some health as well as our wits about us, let us enjoy our aging process, laughing at our foibles and failings. Let us grow old gracefully, maturing as a fine wine, a premium whisky or a treasured piece of art.
My wish for you is for a long life filled with peace, love and laughter.
Gerald M. Sliva
P.S. If, like me, you enjoy old buildings, please click on the photo of the old doorway to take you to Bob Derksen's website filled with photos of old barns. Enjoy!
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