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Thoughts of a Senior on Life and Society

Thoughts of a Senior on Life and Society

Another year has passed and I still wonder; What are we doing with society, with this planet and the people on it? If it is an age of plenty, and for so many, why are so many millions living in poverty or starvation? Why do we work so hard to compete for more than just about anything else, while wiping out natural resources and releasing massive amounts of waste into our environment? Which we don’t need! We strive as it is produced by the great free enterprise machines and wonder what we can achieve next.

Senior on Life and Society
Senior on Life and Society

There is something very wrong with our social structure and behavior. We’ve come a long way from the caveman days, but our advances in achieving the good life peaked a while ago. Many aspects of society have become faster, more tense, and a little more unpleasant, and commerce is running the show.

But personally, life is good based on one’s sense of values and I am optimistic about seeing a rational and just civilization ahead. Some major changes will be required in the way we do business, treat the poor, and value simplicity and peaceful lifestyles over materialistic ‘achievements’. But we can and we will. I know there is a lot of talk out there, especially on the internet there is a lot of concern and engagement.

Anyway, the birthday boy has some comments about being happy about getting to the big 76 and the results of the trip there, the potholes, and the rest. I am enjoying my comfortable life and my most precious possession, my family. A loving wife, two wonderful children, and two wonderful grandchildren. WOW!

Of course we face a lot of bad news, but we’ve always had bad news stories. There’s just more people here now, and then there’s the sensational value of the shock for the media guys who make the most of what’s going to grab the attention of consumers and give them a little more profit.

Senior on Life and Society
Senior on Life and Society

But on the positive side, many good things happen as you turn another page most days.

I feel good when I walk past a 100 year old senior from out of town, which gets my attention to smile at me. I imagine they spent many years with good friends and family, handling problems wisely, kindly and with a positive attitude. And as we should all do, there’s probably no guilt for burying negative experiences long ago.

I usually get a nice welcome or a polite gesture from a teenager. As with most people, even a mean-looking kid will likely smile if you give one first. He just seemed a little unfriendly – he had a lot on his mind. I remember.

Thoughts of a Senior on Life and Society

Who benefits most from giving or receiving a friendly expression? Maybe it’s a draw.

Some time ago I was buying a small bouquet of flowers from the supermarket; It wasn’t Valentine’s Day and it was early morning, around 8:30 am. While walking towards the store entrance, a very old gentleman, around 90-100, slowly came out. He was wearing a sports jacket and tie and was carrying a small bouquet of flowers. I wondered if it was going to happy moments or sad moments. Either way, lots of good memories, I’m sure of that.

Senior on Life and Society
Senior on Life and Society

Aging has some disadvantages, and one of the most common is a weakened memory system. At any moment a space like a person’s name may appear and it can be embarrassing as long as you don’t stop being embarrassed. There is something I always forget; I can’t remember what it was but it still doesn’t matter. A doctor told me this is a common problem as we get older, made some suggestions and concluded that for a man my age I was really fine. But I’m still not quite sure what a vet should know about my mental health.

Floaters, objects and spots that remain in the field of view for some time are common. I chased unlucky fruit flies in the kitchen last week and I’m not sure there were any.

Creativity may not be as low as many people think. Just this year I perfected a way to save water. By gradually pressing the handle on the toilet bowl, it can siphon exactly when there is enough water, without using an extra drop, without emptying the tank! I know – put a brick in it, but sometimes you need the full context.

Thoughts of a Senior on Life and Society

And I’ve come up with some great suggestions recently.
To My Credit Union: There is a “DO NOT FORGET YOUR CARD” warning on your ATM. I was a little embarrassed when I took my card and left the $200 behind. But still thanks to Coast Capital for finding me; You were always on top. Do you know the machine withdraws the money if you don’t take it? If there is no one else to take it, this is it!

To the Minister of Highways. I wonder why your highway provides a ‘FAST LANE’ for reckless maniacal drivers pointing to heaven as they pass me. So they can go even faster? Well, we old men, who know all about life and rest, need a SLOW lane so that we can check out the scenery and enjoy a peaceful ride into town.

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