by Tom Damron
(Plano, TExas)

In my Twilight Years:

As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.

I can hit the golf ball any way I can and laugh if it goes in the lake. Them's the breaks. I'm just happy I can still see well enough to hit that golf ball

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world to soon. Well before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or surf on my computer until 4 AM or sleep until noon? I have the right and the will to dance by myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 & 70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will when reminded by a song or a phrase.

I will walk the beach in my swim suit that is straining over my bulging body, and I will dive into the waves with wild abandon if I choose to despite the pitying glances from the young jet setters. They too, will one day be old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But, broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken is too pristine, too sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn gray, and to have the laughs of my youth be forever etched into deep laugh-lines on my face.

Too many of us have never truly laughed and so many have died before their hair could honor their life by turning silver.

As I grow older it becomes easier to be positive. I care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even paid the price to earn the right to be wrong at times (very few times mind you.).

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert before my meal every single day (if and when I feel like it).

May Our Friendship Never Come Apart, Especially When It's Straight From My Heart to Your Heart!

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City Buses
by: Anonymous

Yep. You know what I do if I feel lonely? I ride the city buses. I live in Portland, and there are plenty of buses. Always something funny or sweet happening.

I was going to write about the incidents, but that is too much trouble, and my "achievement" days are past, thank god.

Go out and take a bus ride. I buy a monthly pass.

by: Sharyn~~~CANADA

OH TOM ~ WOW lovely ~ This is so true, you hit the nail on the head!

l can see clearly now, l am female 66 & yes have been salt & pepper since 27 years old - now l am PURE white ( most times, especially when the sun is out). l feel like l have a halo around my head it is so white, however l try not to let this bother me, cause one is only as old as one feels.

Today for instance, l woke again at 430am - made coffee (decaf) and spent the next 2 hrs. on the..., you guessed it, COMPUTER.

Who knew - just me - who cares ~ just me ~ so you are right ~ we have earned it.

I worked all my life since l was 13, part-time as a waitress, made good tips, gave great service, served great food... so ppl appreciated that & left a good tip!

Now my working days are over & will certainly enjoy the fruits of my labor ( retired RPN ) ONTARIO, CANADA.

Yes, we can do pretty much what we want when we want & how we want. This is our retirement & really who cares what we do as long as we don't break any laws? ( lol )

The goal is to have as much fun as possible with the time we have left.

I want to thank you for this lovely look into the future (from the words you have written )...

Yes, wake up - put your feet on the floor & what will be will be!

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