Old age is an ordeal, of flesh and mind. Of winding down, of slowing down, of dying cells. It's accepting the loss of physical attractiveness and replacing it with the power and wisdom that can only come with old age.
That's the purpose of old age... To give us a breathing space before we die, in which to see why we did what we did.
The lovely thing about being forty is that you can appreciate twenty-five-year-old men more.
Yet there's something ominous about turning sixty-five. Suddenly old age is not a phenomenon which will occur; it has occurred.
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