I wanted to thank Lynne Morgan Spreen for this article she has written, How Terribly Strange to be Seventy, bringing it home about aging; it's made me reflect a little more than usual, since I just turned 70 this year. This is where I get philosophical, and down to Earth about 'everything'.
Every decade we should take stock in our life here on Earth; leave nothing out. I look back on myself, seeing my relationships over the years; where I have succeeded and where I have failed. I think deeply on this subjects. I look back and reflect on my accomplishments or lack thereof; where could I have made a difference, either in myself or in others? I reflect on this. In the process of all of this thinking, our Earth comes to mind; believing our Earth should fall into this category of considerate thinking.
Our Earth is changing every minute of every decade, along with us. I think about who should take responsibility for these changes; we take care of ourselves, to stay alive, alert, and active, but without this planet we live on, we are nothing. I know this is a bit off the topic of self-aging, but how much do we consider the aging of this planet? Do we consider what we eat and drink, of course we do. But do we consider where those sources come from?
The soil we walk on, the water we drink, or the air we breathe, it all changes over time, and do we care about how it is taken care of over these decades, or do we just take it for granted, leaving the care and responsibility up to someone else? Who are the caretakers of these things we consume? Is it being taken care of for the good of everyone, or is it for the good of those few we put our trust in?
We are aware of our own bodies, the changes we either make in it or changes that are made for us. Either way, we are responsible for who we are in our relationship with this planet Earth in which we live. The Earth sustains us. The Earth ages, and everything on it changes, the same as you and I change with age.
The question is how much do we invest in taking care of what gives us life?