Individual Aging: The Red Gate

Thoughts on our own aging…..

Walking through filtered sunlight in the woods glowing with color and texture, we playfully crunch the dry leaves with each step and listen to how the bird calls and sounds of creatures weave together. It is a great day, we are in shape enough to take long walks in the woods with friends, and enjoying getting away from our busy daily lives.

2011-08-20 21.47.14 Then we encounter a closed gate in the middle of the woods. A beautiful, sturdy gate and firmly closed. Years of training surface and we halt, instinctively ” knowing “ that the gate is barring our way, even though it does not appear to be attached to anything.

Reaching a certain age is rather like that; we find our way obstructed, hearing messages about getting old and what we cannot do as a result. Or what we must do instead!

We can follow our training and obey the closed gate message, heeding all that we are no longer supposed to do, or cannot do, or all the things we cannot be. It makes sense because we are 60, 70 or 80 and no-one we knew acted how would be right for us now. Do we accept that the time of adventures and new learning in our life is over?.

Or can we stand back and see that the gate, substantial though it is, is detached and does not actually stop us. There are ways around each side the gate, over the gate, we can even back away from it and go on another path.

 So what will our path look like? It will be good to know which good places to head for, beautiful views not to be missed, streams to ford, wonders of wild life to watch and even where there are banks of a lake to rest on. Also useful will be to know about the slippery slopes, the concealed hazards, the bushes of poison oak lie in wait. A map with many alternate routes would be handy at first and, if enough of us walk them, in time there will be tracks for those behind us to follow.

More to come……







One thought on “Individual Aging: The Red Gate

  1. Oh, I loved reading this! A wonderful beginning to the site and blog. I’m in my older, wiser traveling head just now…noticing, noticing, noticing the elders as I move from place to place. Thanks!


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