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Mindful : June 2014
Still Curious After All These Years Curiosity is a powerful motivating force that moves us forward. It propels us through doors and compels us to explore new pathways. Even though it’s rumored to have killed the cat, SUE MOON assures us that retaining a sense of it is a valuable tool for staying alive and vital. In my sixties, I wrote a book called Getting Old, about my experience of aging. I knew I wasn’t very old yet, but I wanted to get a head start on facing up to it. After the book ca me out, I received lots of invi- tations to talk about the subject. Without meaning to, I became a professional old- ster. I had to take a break from it. Now, I’ve come back to the topic. I have no choice really—if you keep breath- ing, you keep getting older. This is not necessarily bad—especially when you consider the alternative—but it’s oddly surprising; the relentlessness of time passing. You can take a break from think- ing about getting old, but you can’t take a break from actually doing it. The days keep going by, marking their passage on your body. You’re continually stepping forward into the next piece of your life, going through gate after gate. The best advice is to stay curious about what’s happening. This is my one and only chance, in this lifetime, to find out what it’s like to be 71. You’re alive until you’re dead. Each day is a nother chance. Think of yourself as an explorer. You are going further and deeper. You’ve never been through this next gate—it’s not just more of the same. What will it be? You don’t have a choice about ma king this journey. You ca n’t go back. It’s like those metal barbs they put in parking lot gates—you can’t back up without ruining your tires. I had a double knee replacement last year. In the rehab center, I found myself in a tangle of pain and helplessness—a tangle often experienced by the frail → “Age may wrinkle the face, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” Danish Proverb June 2014 mindful 61 happiness