One of the greatest benefits of aging is the accumulation of wisdom. My friend Christina Katz gave me the idea to identify the wisdom I’ve gained over the years. Here’s my list, and I hope you’ll add to it with your comments:
- I have more clever tactics for getting out of stuff I don’t want to do.
- I know how to deliver bad news in a compassionate and positive way.
- I’m less likely to be shocked and thrown off kilter by the crappy behavior of fellow humans, because I’ve seen it before.
- I know how to get out of a funk (without using drugs!)
- I understand how quickly things can change, and to stay light on my feet.
- I know more ways to help folks who are hurting, whereas when younger I used to avoid them because I felt awkward.
- I understand the humanity that underpins slapstick humor, and now I laugh at it. When I was younger I thought it was childish and superficial.
- I understand how to value the present.
- I know that I am just as important as the next human being, and thus am less often a doormat.
- I know how to tell whether a friendship has run its course.
- I know how to bob and weave when necessary.
- I understand what Christopher Hitchens meant when he said that he doesn’t have a body; he is a body.
I hope you’ll send me your comments and let us learn from you.