Today I am inspired by ageing. I know you are probably thinking that it is a funny thing to find inspiring but if you age well there is much to be inspired by. This all stems from my attendance at a 90th birthday party yesterday. The gentleman who was celebrating his birthday is an inspiration. If I am like him at 90 I will be pleased.
He still has a great sense of humour, something I imagine helps one to accept that they are ageing.
He still attends the gym, something that certainly contributes to good health.
He still looks after the Church garden, something that gives him a great sense of contribution to a community he is proud to be a part of.
He still travels, although last year he didn’t renew his passport conceding that he is too old to travel outside Australia. Actually he admits he doesn’t feel he is too old but the insurance companies think otherwise.
He can still hold an intelligent conversation, something that keeps him connected with many of different generations.
There is also inspiration to be found in what he has seen in 90 years. If one reflects on what has happened not just in his personal life in his 90 years of living but in the world, there is much to gain inspiration from.
The changes in technology in his 90 years is incrediable. His great grandchildren take the television, the computer, the internet and the mobile phone for granted. They would find it very difficult to imagine how their great grandfather entertained himself at their age.
His grandchildren have always bought their bread and milk from a shop. They can’t imagine a horse and cart delivering these everyday commodoties to their home.
The most inspirational thing is that he is happy and able to share these experiences and all with a smile. He will proudly tell you why he has chosen certain plants for the Church garden. He will laugh when he tells you about pumping weights at the gym. He will have a wicked grin when he tells you a joke.
He will share stories about collecting manure from the delivery horses to sell to gardeners. He will tell you about all the billy carts he built and rode.
He is 90. He has lived a full and eventful life. He has aged well. He is an inspiration.