The Unity of Ageing.
We are all one substance, right down to the last molecule.
This has become a well-known fact. We are a Unity, part of one vast Universe.
Yet we humans continue to live in separation.
We show this with war, putting people into a class or caste structure, wealth and poverty and religion.
We also tend to put age groups into structures too. We fail to see that we are all one unity no matter what age we are.
Children, adolescents, adults, middle age and old.
All these titles are well recognised in society as something “we are” at any given age. Children are in the 0 to 15 age group, adolescents from 13 to 21 and so on.
But have you noticed the tendency to keep changing the title of people over the age of 60?
There are young elderly, elderly, advanced citizens, and so forth. Even the grammar check that I use comes up with “this is a politically incorrect statement” if I use the words “old people!”
When we are filling in forms, the age brackets are broken down until they reach the age of 65. 20-30, 30-40 and so on then when the age of 65 is reached it becomes 65+
How often do you hear people talking about “The Elderly”.
How often do you hear people talking about “The Middle aged?”
I bet that you hear the first expression far more often.
If we don’t die tragically at a much younger age, we are all going to become old!
Older people are not some separate being; they are us at an older age.
If we did not have the human invention of clocks and calenders, I wonder how old we would actually feel?
But we fail to recognise this fact. We often fail to recognise that old people have “been there and done that”. They have been through some of the stuff that younger people will go through.
We seem to drift through life thinking of old age as some distant entity and deny that fact for as long as we can.
I have done that myself, up until very recently. I have thought that I would be one of the elderly people who can still climb a mountain or go skydiving at the age of ninety.
But now, I have realised that it “’ain’t goin’ to ‘appen!”
However, that does not put me into a category of just sitting back and getting old.
What it has done is help me to put my priorities right, start taking my lower energy into account and asking every day what my function is for today. Never mind next week, next month or next year.
But life is still a big adventure, and ageing can be too.
Yes, I can make plans, but I also have to bear in mind that something may stop me, and surrender to whatever it is.
These last sentences are only personal experience. The point that I want to make is;
We are all one Unity, and that means that old people are simply young people who have been on the planet a bit longer than their young counterparts. They are not a separate entity.
Live your life, enjoy your youth but always bear in mind that you can have a good life in your latter days. It is all down to perception.
I shall write about perception in my next blog.