Let me share my musings on my turning 62 today.
I feel at sixty time circle closes and I began travelling back!
Yes. This is my second childhood! I can find it true in many revelations: a carefree state of mind, no unnecessary worrying over this and that, increased desire to spend time in playing games (thrilled to find such a vast scope online- my grandchildren initiated me into them!), love for innocent pleasures like sweets, icecreams, snacks etc, pleasure in watching birds and flowers and pure naivety.
Grudges are forgotten soon and daily life is becoming filled with very simple joys like enjoying a sudoku or crossword puzzle, watching children playing round, listening to the gentle patter of raindrops and satisfactory outcome of cooking each dish! In spite of childish bouts of ill temper and impulsive behaviour there certainly is a childlike glee in flying hither and thither like a little bird.
No specific goals to achieve, no unfilled mission to lose sleep on- in short the yoke of life feels lighter. Is this state of aloofness the 'vanaprastham' spoken of by sages? Whatever it is let life roll on at this same pace and come to a peaceful end!
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Thanks, TagoreBlog, for your poetic musings!
What are you going to do, dear friend,
The rest of your life?
Your beloved wife
Seated by your side
Darns with devotion
And skips a stitch or two often in her design
Never forgetting to peck at you
With a needlepoint fine
Picking up the times
When you were damnably wrong
Which she now conscientiously condemns
And will condemn all your life.
Your darling child
You have outlived your time.
All of them judge you according to their lights
But how do you judge yourself
Now that the summit has been gained
Does the struggle seem worthwhile?
In the dying light
Going the downhill of your life
Do you sadly repine
All your priorities have been wrong?
Did you chase only a mirage
Ignoring things dearest to your heart
Put off for another time?
Cost you a lot of opportunities
Worse still, some compromise.
Now it is too late in the day
Let us have some rest
The rest of our life
To amuse ourselves to see
How life eludes life.
Very Optimistic, practical and frank...I wish you all the best...but how many sixty plus take life like you is a big question..
I thought retirement brings a package of pleasures as well as responsibilities. Pleasure of doing what we want to do and responsibilities of giving something back to society, something like time, effort, money and more.