Only Old on the Outside

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.

Yes seniors face challenges ranging from the threat of falling to the many adjustments that come as we learn to accept our aging minds and bodies.

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.

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Dave Bernard is a California born and raised author and blogger with an extensive 30 year career in Silicon Valley. He has written more than 300 blogs for US News & World On Retirement and his personal blog Retirement – Only the Beginning. He has authored three books: "Are you just existing and calling it a life?"; "I want to retire! Essential Considerations for the Retiree to Be"; and " Navigating the Retirement Jungle". Dave was also a contributing writer for the books 65 Things to do when you Retire (“Positive Aging – Old is the New Young”) as well as 65 Things to do when you Retire – TRAVEL (“Travel to Discover your Family Heritage”). He lives in sunny California with his wife, his Boston Terrier "Frank" and a passion for the San Jose Sharks.

2 thoughts on “Only Old on the Outside

  1. What a beautiful and true thought. Treat others as we want to be treated and see as we want to be seen. I know that is true with me. Until I glance in a mirror, I still feel like a child that wants to play and share happiness. Thsnk you for the great write.

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