Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Wisdom of Age

An old picture of my Grandma and I.
Being young is not just a period of development. As my youth progressed, I was constantly reminded of values such as respect and disrespect with experiences that would define my life. One experience I particularly recall was with my grandma. My grandma suffered from Parkinson’s when I was five. I helped her walk to the bathroom and also put on her shoes. I wasn’t only five, I was simply five. Being five has its wisdoms, which makes it special, just like being any other age. The cherishment of life resides in one’s experiences during their aging. Our elders are the ones whom we share these experiences with. These combinations of ages create occurrences that one benefits from throughout their life.


Growing older, I have become forgetful. Every age has its unique wisdoms, and being an adolescent, I continue to have many instances which I learn from. My dad was laid off from his job in October of 2009, and got into a severe accident the same day. He’s been unemployed for 2 years, and he has kidney cancer as well. He recently bought a new car, and got into a car accident a week later due to poor weather conditions. As these problems arise, I feel like our family has gotten it the worst. I don’t feel secure with my surrounding any more. I try to be successful, going into the future, but constant pessimistic thoughts infiltrate my brain. The other day my cousin, Raheela, was looking at my family’s old picture album. She saw a photo of my Dad sitting and smiling, with his long hair flowing in his face. She asked, “You look so young and happy. What has happened to you now?” He didn’t reply. In fact, he began to snore, as Raheela realized he was sleeping. My Dad isn’t the same energized and enthusiastic person anymore. He’s old, and I have to understand that I will be old one day too.


Imagining my future is a scary but beautiful thing. My grandma taught me manners; my parents taught me expression, but who will teach me next? I’m turning into an adult quicker than a pen hits a paper. I ask myself, “If I’m challenged with situations now, what challenges still await me?” My parents know that they are getting old, and they constantly remind me that I will have to be wise in the future. My Dad tells me, “Knowledge talks, wisdom listens”. If that’s the truth, then I hope the people I want to listen to, live forever.

-That's the TFAT.

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