As “The Prophet” Gibran Khalil Gibran wrote, “But if in your thoughts you must measure time and divide it into seasons, let each season encompass the other seasons, and may today embrace the past with pleasant remembrance, and the future with a longing wait”. When I read this quote, I think of myself in that life process that we evaluate when we reach the so-called third age.
What is the third or old age? In my opinion it is just a generic name to represent the stories lived by the people who have the privilege of continuing to live, exceeding the expectations established by society. At my age I don’t measure time, I live time. I don’t think about how old I am but about the privilege of continuing to enjoy the seasons that change over the years.
When people talk about old age with pity and disdain, they make me feel sorry for them. Yes, very sad that they do not value a person who has lived and fulfilled each life mission. It is sad that many do not understand that reaching old age is a privilege. Living each season without measuring time, embracing the past, fully enjoying every moment of life and waiting for that future that does not worry us is a wonderful experience.
One piece of advice I give is “do not to look at older people with pity.” On the contrary, admire their bravery and offer them the gift of a smile full of love and thanks for their great legacy.
María M. García Santiago, BA, MA