What does age take away from us? More than it gives? Ask a dozen people, and you'll get a lot of different answers, but all to many will say a simple, "Yes."
Some see age as a bad thing. Ironically, these are usually the same people who were in a hurry to get to high school or turn twenty-one or whatever their personal goal was at the time. These are people who aren't living in the moment, not appreciating the beauty and richness of life happening around them at all times.
I see age as life's greatest gift, and my favorite thing about it is how our perspective broadens with years lived and life experienced. Remember Psych 101? When you're looking at a forest in the distance and don't understand how perspective works, you're likely to think the trees are tiny; and, as you get closer to them, they appear to grow at an alarming rate. That's how life appears from a narrow perspective--confusing and frightening.
Mix broad perspective and fully-lived experience, and you begin to understand what wisdom really is. Since I don't have a whole lot of that precious commodity as yet, I look forward to living many more years.
Causes Lynda Fitzgerald Supports
German Shepherd Dog Rescue, World Wildlife Federation, ASPCA, Atlanta Humane Society