As one who believes in that Wizard of Oz (HA) I gotta be able to write an essay here a?
What keeps me young in mind in an old body - is feeling the wind, rain and sun on my face, taking a step out into the world, putting challenges in front of me and making myself do them, looking at the flowers and nature and capturing it all in my heart - living the images - looking at the stars and the moon - wanting to live every minute and not wishing for the days to end. Nitetime is the best - with peace and quiet. Sitting by my river - hearing the water - every so often just dipping my toes in and feeling how freezing it it. Watching as many sunrises and sunsets as I possibly can. Looking at the smile and wonder on my little boys face...knowing I feel the same as he does - just the body is a wee bit older!!!!
I live and see and feel through the images I look at.... it never ceases to amaze me. They aren't always good visuals - but I still find the wonder in them. Doing the unexpected... and even with the pain - turning the negative into some kinda positive - often that's an effort - but it's worth it in the end.
Never allowing anyone to make me feel old (my body does that on its own) - never allowing anyone to tell me my age when I still feel as tho the world's a waiting and I gotta go get it.
Being around and working with kids. Watching them - listening to them.
Living in their world and
doing something to make their world a better place.
That is a beautiful essay, Izzie.
Regarding your last 3 sentences,
I recommend that u do what I do:
Give them cash.
Thay like cash. It has a certain versatility to it.
Because their cash flows are smaller, their acquisition of the cash
will stand in greater contrast to their accustomed paucity of finances
and thay will get an emotionally greater hedonic thrill
than woud someone with a steady salary.
Its a lot of fun; believe me.
If I may offer an experience in support of this:
I met a lady at a summer resort in the early 1990s,
who told me that her oldest son, Andre, was having his 13th birthday.
I was introduced to him. I had a $10 dollar bill and a $20 bill immediately
at hand, and I gave them to him. A few weeks later, while chatting with me,
he said: "David, when u put that money in my hand, that was the most money
I had ever held in my life !" The gift had been a success because it had created JOY.
WON 'T U GIVE IT A SHOT ?