Going down this winding road since October 1950, I’ve seen many things and done plenty more.
My opinions on life have stayed pretty much the same all along, at least in my deep down, secret heart of hearts.
I think on some days perhaps I should evolve, and try a different philosophy, but then after some additional thought I say the hell with that. I am who and what I am, and that’s pretty much it.
Where I used to be a gripey young man, now I’m a gripey old man.
Where I used to be a collector, now I’m a junker ( some say I’ve reached hoarder status, but I don’t think I’m there yet).
Where I used to barely scrape by, now I scrape lower.
Where I used to respect a lot of people, now I respect fewer. (A lot of good ones have died).
Where I used to be religious, I am now spiritually independent.
Things I used to be super afraid of, don’t scare me much anymore.
Where I used to love music, I now need it to survive.
Where I used to be insecure, I still am…..
I could go on, but I won’t. This self examination is over for now.
I think it’s worthwhile for everyone to look at themselves and be honest with themselves about their status as a human being. As you can see, I’m certainly no saint. Not even close to a Nobel peace prize. But, I do still love.
I love my family, my friends, those who used to call me friend but now don’t. I love life, nature, fresh air, good food, little kids, play dough, “The Secret Life of Pets” baking with my wife, going to the beach, ice cream….and so much more.
In spite of my failings and foibles, I love this life.
I hope all of you do too.