The Gift of Aging

by | Sep 19, 2017

My 94-year-old grandfather Raymond Melouney is currently lying in a hospital in Sydney, Australia.

Growing up in poverty, he went on to become a pilot in World War I, an honorary delegate for Australia in South Africa, the owner of multiple businesses in South Africa and Australia, and most importantly, a loving husband of 60+ years, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Like all those who have lived a full life, he has much wisdom to pass on through his spoken words and conscious actions.

However, lying today in the hospital as he is, he is not his usual self.

His keen wit and humor is masked by the laws of nature at work: The final stages of aging before he leaves his body, rendering him mostly immobile and arguably a shell of his former self.

Can you see the irony?

That in our youth we are a torrent of energy yet often lack the wisdom to expend that energy wisely.

And in our old age we may be brimming with wisdom yet often lack the energy required to create real change in our lives and the world.

This is a reminder for you and me both.

A reminder that at a future point in time we will not walk as well as we walk today; we will not hear as well, see as well, smell as well, taste as well, or touch as well.

A reminder to smile for what we have and for the life-giving air we breathe into our lungs thousands of times each day.

A reminder to enjoy the painful-yet-beautiful feeling of lactic acid building up in our legs while we hike up our favourite mountain.

A reminder to chase our dreams; pursue our passions; live our purpose; and brighten whatever corner of the world we happen to be in at the time.

People either view us through a filter of our demonstrated past actions or our spoken future commitments.

I commit to you today that I won’t take this lifetime for granted; and I implore you to do the same.

Don’t settle for anything less than your BEST life.

Until next time.

Your friend,
James Melouney