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Readers blog: The body may age but keep your mind in eternal spring

As people age they become kinder to themselves and less critical of themselves. They become their own friend.

Many dear people leave this world too soon before they understand the great freedom that comes with maturing.

Whose business is it if they choose to read or play on their computer until 4am or sleep until noon? 

Dancing by themselves to those wonderful tunes of the ’50s,’60s and ’70s, and if they at the same time wish to weep over a lost love, they may.

Walking the beach in a swimsuit that is stretched over a bulging body and diving into the waves with abandon if they choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They too will get old, perhaps sometimes forgetful but some of life is just as well forgotten.

Sure, over the years, hearts have been broken. How can a persons heart not break when they lose a loved one or when a child suffers?

But broken hearts are what gives people strength, understanding, and compassion.

A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

Hopefully most will be blessed to live long enough to have their hair turning grey and to have many youthful laughs forever etched into deep grooves on their faces.

Don’t waste time lamenting what could have been or worrying about what will be. And go ahead and eat dessert every single day.

The body may age but our minds can stay in eternal spring.

Anthony Woods

Ennis,

Co Clare

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