Looking at a child playing in the park we typically have a clear picture in our mind of the energetic, fun-loving, perpetually moving creature that lives within the little body.
Cast a similar glance on a senior citizen and what do you see? I would venture that based on external appearance you expect the older person to be a bit slow, set in their ways, occasionally grumpy, and far from energetic. I fear that you – and I – are guilty of an injustice if we do not strive to look beyond the wrinkles to see the person within.
But inside most still burns the fire to live and love, to learn and experience life, and to share happiness and survive sadness.
We all hope to be recognized as the person we are inside instead of who we appear to be externally. As we prepare for retirement what a great exercise to look for the person within and go beyond the wrinkles. After all isn’t that the way we ourselves hope to be treated?
This week’s blog in US News & World Only Old on the Outside offers some additional thoughts.