I just carried my parents' old wing chair from the foyer into the bedroom, which involves a couple of turns that I maneuvered in a new way; whatever the old way was was no longer a physical possibility for me. I got the chair where I wanted, but realize that to think of it in terms of being out of shape or tired is to think of it as passing, changeable. It isn’t. That’s my experience of getting older, and of seeing myself start to live and perceive life from a new (old) perspective.
No one can prepare you for it, and I can’t prepare anyone. Now I get it.
Sometimes when I try to impart a lesson I consider somewhat fresh and exciting to me, it may not be one my students are or should be ready for. The likelihood, though, is they’ll nod then forget – as I did, until now – and no harm done.
Frank Bruni did an admirable job exploring life after 50 in a recent NY Times article.
A colleague in Israel sent me a beautiful image called "Winter Blossoms at Jordan Valley."