Battered and beaten
Yet full of value
Every wrinkle representing experience
Across the body
And imbedded in the soul
Every longing gaze holding memories
Frail and withered
Yet full of strength
Every step filled with age-old determination
Examples of survival
With respect to adversity
The old grow innocent amongst the young
This poetic reflection was inspired by a conversation with my daughter about old age. We spoke of the fears we hear of old age and the goal to hide wrinkles or signs of aging. My daughter concluded, “I believe every wrinkle represents experience.”
I believe old age is a new phase where one is no longer required to fiercely fight to keep up with life around them. A phase to release binding responsibilities, enjoy life and rediscover self with the young. Freedom to let innocence and appreciation shine.
Let’s not frown on wrinkles and gray hairs or deny them with products to deceive, for they are the signs of achievement and a part of who we are.