It’s different, this letting go thing.
i mean, i’m 75, three-quarters of a century old. Today.
It’s time to do what i think i should do for the rest of my life. Part of that is letting go.
For example, this was originally a long, long post detailing a whole bunch of stuff that i think is important, why i think it’s important and with long-winded explanations. This was supposed to be my epilogue on reaching what i consider officially old age. It kept growing. i finally recognized it would not have much impact, only allow me to blow off steam and feel good about me. This is pretty close to, excuse the French, bullshit. i tossed it.
A whole bunch of people my age spend a lot of time grousing about how much better they are than the younger generations because of the way they, the older ones like me, grew up. Balderdash. After all, who raised those who grew up later: the grousers. And the world is a whole lot different now, not better or worse unless we make it. Our time doesn’t apply.
And folks of all ages are out witch hunting, Victorian style, policing what we say, how we act, finding everything wrong with everyone else, both sides, drawing lines in the sand because everyone knows they are right, everyone else is wrong, winner take all, no quarter, change everything to benefit ME.
That’s why, by the way, i use lower case for “i.” If i were to capitalize a pronoun it would be “You” or “Us.”
In elementary school, i was taught the Communists believed the ends justified the means and we believed in the ends could not justify the means. We were taught to do it right. That is the one thing we should have maintained, but didn’t.
i’m just sort of tired of it all. You can have it. i don’t want it.
So folks, it’s my time to let go. i am not likely to make it to the century mark. My physical and mental skills are declining. So i’m gonna write what i want to write and do what i want to do as long as i can do it, and hopefully give some people some things to think about in a positive way.
After all, i can do what i want to do. i’ve been around three-quarters of a century. i deserve that for myself.
Happy Birthday, old man.
2 thoughts on “Letting Go”
Maureen and I were just talking about that very same issue regarding aging. Letting go of the social-political-ethical nudging to change society. We already did what we could. It’s not our “world” any longer. Time to let go and let the younguns (Tennessee talk for young people [i think]) take the pilot position. Happy birthday old man. Always wondered when old was.
Nice to know when “official” old age happens. Hope I live long enough to get good at being old aged.