When you think of old age, you either think of someone else or of a funny meme you saw online of an elder doing something funny or technology related which, in your opinion, is purely cute or basically obscene. It is never that we think that we, one day, will be old in our age and will have to consider how the younger generation perceives us.
You see, how old you are in your mind varies from one person to the next. I always saw myself as a late teenager/early twenties person. My sister always perceived herself as she were, and a friend of mine saw herself as an older person. (In Your Mind, How Old Are You?)
It is not a joke when you start having grey hair. Thank you, mom, for the great genes (yaay). It is also not a joke when you get diagnosed with high blood pressure, kidney stones, diabetes, heart conditions, and all the fun stuff that are pointing towards the way life is flying by. This is not a post to make you seize the moment, by all means, carpedium all day. This is a post for you to consider those elders in your lives and what they feel.
Their bodies are not as strong as they used to be. Imagine how that would make you feel? They can’t see as well, start losing a bit of hearing, and some start forgetting words.
No. It’s not very dignified.
And we come in, all young and stupid acting like we know best. Some have lived through wars, seen how life changes, lost loved ones and families, and yet we come in, all young and stupid acting like we know best. Acting like our limited knowledge of how smart phones work gives us the power to know.
Just because they ask us how to download their emails or they believe everything they see on social media doesn’t make them any less. It makes them more.
They are pure in heart, pure in soul. Lived longer and seen more. Wiser, warmer, and much better than we ever will be. And we will only know their worth when they are gone.
God bless our loved elders who still have patience in all our foolishness and childishness.
Dignify your elders and you will be dignified.