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Poem-Age With Grace and Consider it a Blessing-Response to Brenda’s Word Prompt Week 21

I love poetry. I am a voracious reader and am passionate about writing. I have recently started my foray into poetry.

Age is just a Number

Age is just a Number

The Secret to Successful Ageing

We usually associate age with wrinkles, thinning mane, worn out knees and loss of memory. And we feel that it all happens so fast. Though it does not happen overnight, we are taken by surprise when we see the first signs of ageing. We feel anxious and depressed about this change. But rarely do we recognize the advantages of aging. Aging has an upside. The key is to accept the change, enjoy the advantages and not consider it as a decline.

When we live a life full of doing things we love, we never realize we are getting old. As we get older we value friendships, relationships, love. Age should never be a deterrent to achieving new goals dreaming new dreams. When we make it a process to age with grace, we start to feel and look great. We can make it a process such that everybody around will look forward to it. The limitations are more in our mind than in our body. We accumulate valuable experiences as we age.

You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred

— Woody Allen

Brenda's Word Prompt-Week 21-'Age'

When I saw Brenda’s word prompt 'Age' this week, many thoughts flashed through my mind about ageing. I realized that most young people dislike ageing or getting old. When we think of ageing, we only see the negative aspects of it. There are so many positives to turning a senior which we overlook most of the times and continue to crib about the hardships of old age. So I decided to write a poem on the advantages of growing old and considering it more of a blessing rather than a curse.

He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden

— Plato

Live your life, forget your age

Live your life, forget your age

The wiser mind mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind.

— William Wordsworth

Inspiration for this Poem

When my daughter saw the initial draft of my poem she said ‘what do you know about ageing. You have just entered the senior league, you have not seen the hassles and tortures that you have to face as you grow old'. I explained to her that though I had just entered this phase, I have seen my mother, a sweet soul, go through all the challenges and I know all that is needed to know about challenges if aging. Though she faced many challenges and issues with her health including two surgeries, what shone through and makes me admire her is her indomitable courage and positive outlook, which has helped her conquer all the troubles and come out unscathed.

The single most admirable quality of hers is her love for everyone. She literally lives for others, always caring and sacrificing for the family, she never once thinks about herself. She has been a role model for me and I hope to be like her and grow lighter as I grow older and build inner strength so that I can let go easily when the time comes to bid adieu to this world.

The Poem

They say old age is golden

But you wonder if it is true

When you wake up in the morning

And head to the mirror

You do not like what you see.


The thinning hair, the wrinkles,

The pain in the knees,

Loss of memory all affirm

that your youth has been spent

and you are getting on in age.



As understanding deepens

You realize that

This is a valid stage in life

Which all have to face

You knew it would happen

One day, though not so fast.


But ageing has an upside

You can create stories

From your experience

Appreciate beauty

In its different forms.



Everything is more

Fascinating, more beautiful.

You can read more, travel more

Find solutions, make your decisions

Own your destiny and own your life.


As you get older you value

Quality over quantity

Family and love matter more.

You do not care what people think

Nor seek approval for what you do.



Your mind is more focussed,

You realize the shorter time

that you have left

you owe it to yourself.

You have earned every bit

And can be proud of your age.


Getting old has its advantages

It can be wonderfully invigorating.

The key is to accept the change,

Enjoy the advantages and

Not consider it as a decline.



When you transcend

the limited awareness

You let go of vanity

and accept who you are

You find peace and joy

And true calmness in life,


When you live a life so full

of doing things you love,

you never realize you are old

And enjoy life to the brim.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 VIDYA D SAGAR

Comments

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on July 19, 2021:

Sure Vanita, I will read it. Thanks for sharing

Vanita Thakkar on July 18, 2021:

Good morning, Vidyaji.

My article is in Gujarati - on Stress Management with the help of Music. I will try to translate it and post it here on HubPages.

Till then you can read another research article in English that I have written at the following link :

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/348995085...

I am sure you will enjoy it and will be able to relate to its contents.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on July 18, 2021:

Thanks Manatita. Yes my daughter is very wise for her age. I often take her advise when I am uncertain about something. Have a great day, stay blessed my friend.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on July 18, 2021:

Hi Rosina, thanks for the kind comments. I am glad you enjoyed reading this poem. A positive attitude and a healthy mindset are the secret to graceful aging. We can avoid most of the problems even as we grow older with an active and healthy lifestyle and by keeping ourselves engaged in interesting activities. Have a great day and stay blessed.

Rosina S Khan on July 18, 2021:

A great response to Brenda's word prompt, "Age". Yes, we should age with grace and consider it a blessing. You make many positive points about aging in your poem. I enjoyed reading them. Thanks for sharing, Vidya.

manatita44 from london on July 18, 2021:

A wise and beautiful piece, Vidya. Your daughter also made me smile.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on July 18, 2021:

Thank you so much for the wonderful comments Vanita. Much appreciated. It means a lot to me. Yes we are really lucky to have parents who are a constant source of inspiration and support. I am glad my article inspired you and set the mood to finish your writing. All the best for this work. I would love to read it if possible. Kindly share the link, when it is completed. Love and blessings to you, as always, my friend.

Vanita Thakkar on July 17, 2021:

Beautiful response to Brenda’s latest word prompt - “Age”, Vidyaji. Loved reading it. I am reminded of my parents as I read it.

Your mother sounds so much like my mother !! Always caring and giving, strong-willed, least dependent in spite of the challenges aging poses ....

We are lucky to have such inspiring parents.

I am occupied in preparing an article on Music that I am invited to write for a reputed spiritual magazine. I peeped into HubPages before getting into it and found your article. Loved it. Mood set for finishing my article today :) :)

Thanks for sharing.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on July 17, 2021:

Hi John, thank you for the kind words. I am so glad you liked the poem and the message it conveys. Brenda's word prompts inspire us to think and come up with a variety of responses. It is so much fun reading everybody's work. Have a great weekend, and stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on July 17, 2021:

Hi Pamela, thanks for the kind comments. Much appreciated. I am so glad you liked my response to Brenda's word prompt. It's always better to focus on the advantages of this phase of life. It makes it so much easier to face the difficulties with Grace and equanimity and enjoy life to the full. Have a great weekend, and stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on July 17, 2021:

Dear Brenda, thanks for the wonderful comments. I am so glad you liked my response. The word prompt 'Age' this week immediately brought to my mind thoughts about aging. We all fear the hassles of age and try not to think of it. But it catches up on us and we face this phase of life sooner or later. But being positive and cheerful helps us sail through this phase gracefully. And we can set an example to others around us to not fear but welcome this inevitable phase of life. Have a great weekend, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on July 17, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada, thank you for the wonderful comments. I am so glad you liked my response. No matter how old we get, we look to our parents for inspiration and advise. Have a great weekend, stay blessed.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Positive thoughts about aging with Grace. Aging is inevitable, and we should accept it, by looking at the upside of it.

An excellent response to the word prompt, age. You have covered it all, and by giving your mother’s example, you have made this post more beautiful.

We do follow them throughout our lives, for inspiration and motivation, even after becoming mothers and grandmothers, ourselves. Don’t we?

Beautiful to read your insightful thoughts on this Sunday morning.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful post.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 17, 2021:

Vidya

In "The Secret to Successful Ageing" you tell us age takes us by surprise.

It certainly does!

But The key is to accept the change, enjoy the advantages and not consider it as a decline."

We don't realize we are getting old. Maybe it's because we are enjoying our lifes.. I don't know.

I love your quote by William Wordsworth.

Your inspiration, your mother, sounds like a wonderful woman.

It sounds like she puts everyone else first.

In your poem, you remind us if that saying Old Age is Golden.

That is until you look in the mirror & see those wrinkles and other signs of old age.

But we say to ourselves that is just part of life. We all must go through this process of aging.

But there's an upside to Aging.

We appreciate everything so much more as we find the beauty in each moment.

Quality becomes more important than quantity.

Family & love are more important. We understand we don't have much time left & owe it to ourselves to make it good.

Once we accept the fact that we are aging, we can find peace and start enjoying each day.

As we do all the things we love, living our lives to the fullest...we don't even realize we are aging.

Great job on this one!

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 17, 2021:

I really liked your poem about aging, Vidya. I like the way you made aging not seem so bad. This is a good message and poem. Thanks fo sharing.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2021:

Vidya, I love your message of embracing ageing instead of focussing on the downside. Great poetry and message. Thank you for sharing.

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