The Rearview   13 comments

What’s something you look forward to as you age? And what do you miss from your youth?

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Youth is Wasted on the Young

No truer words have ever been written. When we’re young, we don’t appreciate our youth. We don’t know what we’re missing. Aching knees, sore backs, Achilles tendons that scream out far too soon on hikes. I love to see new sights in the amazing wilderness of Alaska — not to mention other places I’ve visited. But all too often, I complained. Alaska has a lot of mountains and what isn’t mountain is almost always swamp. Lots of reasons to complain. I’m short of breath, I’m hot, the mosquitos are sucking my blood, my boots are full of mud, I want a shower. I wanted the wilderness to be easier. I could have enjoyed it more and now in my 60th year, I think “Wow, you should have enjoyed it more when it was easier.”

You will never be younger than you are today. I wish I’d embraced every possible opportunity that is presented to me. We fail to realize the importance of so many universal truths until later in life. These lessons and truths would’ve come in handy if only I realized sooner.

DON’T MISS A THING

I don’t miss anything from being young. I know, that sounds contradictory from what I just said above. I still hike. I carry less weight and I plan more stops. I think maybe I enjoy hiking more. I am not as set on seeing the other side of the ridge. What’s right in front of my nose is more important now.

There are things I wish I’d done when I was younger. A lot of adventures got tabled until we could afford them, or had more time, or after the kids got big enough to carry their own weight. I would go back and do those then because I’m not sure they’re going to get done now. But that’s not really a regret.

One of my favorite poet is Robert Frost and I look at the words of his poem “Two Roads” and think — “Yes, you really can’t take both paths.” I took the way I chose and I’m mostly happy with it and it did indeed make all the difference that I took the one mostly ignored by other people.

Those Happy Golden Years

Well, silver, in my case. My natural hair being dark, my grays are silver rather than iron or gold.

What am I looking forward to? Maybe grandchildren, if my children choose to have kids. Maybe some long road trips when I have more time to savor the journeys. More of my life, just maybe a little slower. My husband is building a cabin out on our land and so there may be some peaceful times just listening to the fire crackle in the woodstove while I write with pen and paper. It’s been so long since the world was truly quiet. I wonder if it will change my writing at all.

Really, I think older age is just a continuation of younger age, just with more aches and pains to remind us to slow down and smell the roses because we won’t be this way again.

Posted August 2, 2021 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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  1. I’m busier now than I was at work, but it’s what I choose to do, and that makes it all the sweeter.

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    • Yes. Since going on three-days-a-week teleworking (after a year of all teleworking), I’ve slowed down a bit on writing while I adjust. I think I’d want to retire sooner if I was back to five days a week in the office.

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  2. That quiet cabin sounds absolutely wonderful! I hope you have many happy times in it.

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  3. I hope you get to sit in that cabin with the crackling fire and busy be busy writing.
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  4. I look forward to long trips with a destination in mind but no deadlines

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    • Yes, that would be lovely. That’s what my daughter has been doing for the last few years — rambling from town to town as a musician, sometimes with gigs, often just busking. It sounds lovely, but unlike her, I want to know I have a roof to return to.

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