Does becoming a senior citizen mean that our days of usefulness are over? I hope not. So far I’ve been blessed with a sound mind, except when I’m dreaming or creating a new piece of work; and I’m physically sound, except for the extra 40 pounds I’m lugging around.
God has words concerning the elderly throughout the Bible. Some of the wisest men lived well into their hundreds. I think that age is not looked on with the same respect that it was in ancient times or with certain cultures today. In these times of unrest and uncertainty, we need the wisdom that the older generation has to offer. Being mentors to the young – sharing our life experiences – lending words encouragement and inspiration – lifting up those who feel they’ve failed – are all ways in which we can still be useful in our senior years.
I am blessed to have friends that are in their 80’s and approaching their 90’s. I believe the knowledge and experience they’ve gained in their lifetimes can still be of great benefit to society today. Let’s not underestimate what they can contribute or look at them with anything less than respect.