neffa said... I am totally happy to have exchanged some wrinkles for wisdom...
I've no issues with that exchange. If only you could then cash in wisdom for sex, but by then the exchange rate of that transaction isn't always viable. So I write it off as a net loss and hope I'm credited on my taxes. (Is hooker a business expense or a charity deduct? Just kidding. I am saving up for my 80s, however!)
Life'll tax ya and the payment is old age. It's the next challenge just when you thought you had it made.
Life is a roller coaster. Think I'll coast. Think again.
starboard5 said lots of good stuff
I agree with a lot of what you've said. Especially where you agreed with me.
The only thing I'd tweak in jest is that "if you don't like it," get out of line
. That's when it helps to be a rebel with or without a clue.
I'd agree with you especially where I don't relate so much to the notion of life getting better because I also found much satisfaction in my earlier years, both in the very good times and the very tough ones; just as I find both satisfaction in being older but also new challenges that make my earlier life seem easier, even if I thought them so tough at the time. Seems my perceptions move with me.
Of course it's wonderful for those who did not enjoy their earlier years that life offers the opportunity to age away from that and into a better life.
But I'd stress the importance of what you mentioned about behavior--not just about what life throws at us, but how we deal with it--to be able to look back, and even if everything completely fucked up, to be able to say "I did the right thing." And if you didn't (that's a general you, not you you), ya better start making amends now. Misdeeds age as regrets.
If you try to fuck people over, as we see so many do, then your life will be shit. Should your self-awareness awaken as many do in older ages even as they might fail to awaken while younger, you will die with regrets. But if you try to do the right thing by others throughout your life or at least to awaken as early as you can manage, then even your mistakes, while they might be regrettable, won't rise to be regrets; rather, they'll just remain mistakes that everyone makes.
You can come to terms with mistakes (if I could do it all over again, I'd make a whole different set of mistakes) but not with regrets. You can make a course correction but there are no take backs; make overs but no do overs. Not that the figurative Akashic records are sealed for the further figurative kundalini can burn through that, but life moves on and so must we.
Often high is the price to one day die in peace.