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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Life and Aging

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 Idaho Fly FishingIdaho Fly Fishing"Good friends are like quilts--they age with you, yet never lose their warmth."

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, eventually, I remember the important things.

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.


I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. (THANK GOD FOR BOTOX). So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
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As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore.  I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer a question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).
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As in the words of Bill Cosby: “Yes, as people age, they say whatever they think. When you realize, you only have 15-20 years left, you will do the same.”  

Hard takes, tight lines and may your gray hair bring to you the knowledge and experience to catch many more trout. Happy Idaho fly fishing. Come and fly fish Idaho soon.



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