GROWING UP, the do's and don'ts

March 28, 2007 8:47am CST
"Live as if you like yourself, and it may happen." --Marge Piercy Many people are afraid of growing old. I'm afraid of growing old and boring. Many people are afraid of growing old, alone. I'm afraid of growing old, insane. Many people are afraid of losing their looks. I'm afraid of losing my dreams. Many people are afraid of losing their youth. I'm afraid of losing my soul. When you're 25, 35 seems futuristic. When you're 35, 25 seems juvenile. A turn-around in a split second --Two decades zoom past, and before you know it, it's only a mile to the next millennium. Don't fear age--it's a right of person hood. Don't fear death -- It's God's greatest jest. Don't grow old --you don't have to. Don't date because you're desperate. Don't marry because you're miserable. Don't have kids because you think your genes are superior. Don't separate because you think it's fashionable. Don't drink because you have troubles. Don't gamble because you think winning is inevitable. Don't philander because you think you're irresistible. Most likely you're not. Don't associate with people you can't trust. Don't Cheat. Don't lie. Don't pretend. Don't try to buy your way into the kingdom of God. Don't dictate because you're smart. Don't demand because you're stronger. Don't hurt your kids because loving them is harder. Don't sell yourself, your family and your ideals. Don't stagnate. Don't regress. Learn a new skill. Find a new friend. Start a new career. Don't live in the past. Time can't bring anything or anyone back. Don't pull your life on hold for possibly Mr./Ms. Right. Don't throw your life away on those absolutely Mr./Ms. Wrong because your biological clock is tickling and you can't afford to have your eggs harvested before the new millennium. There's always a mad rush to do something, somewhere but to victory. Sometimes there's no race to be won, only a price to be paid for some of the life's most hasty decisions. You can't always go with the throng who could be wrong. Sometimes you have to be alone to be enlightened. To terminate you loneliness, reach out to the holiness. To feed your nurturing instincts, care for the needy. TO fulfill your parenting fantasies, get a puppy. Don't bring life into this world for the wrong reasons. To kee yourself warm, buy a jacket. In the long run, it will be less complicated and less costly. TO make yourself happy, pursue your passions and the best of what you can be. Simplify your life. Take away the clutter. Get rid of destructive elements -- abusive friends, Nasty habits and dangerous liaisons. Don't abandon your responsibilities but don't overdose on duty. Don't live life recklessly without thought and feeling for your family. Be true to yourself. Don't commit when you're not ready. Don't keep other's waiting needlessly. Fall in love -- it's the greatest thing on earth. But take care and remember, after the fall must come the rise. Go on a trip. Don;t postpone it. Say those words. Don't let the moment pass. Do what you must, even at society's scorn. Write poetry. Love deeply. Take care of yourself. Don't wait for someone to take care of you. YOu light up your life. YOu drive your destination. No one completes you -- except you. It is true that life doesn't get easier with age. It only gets more challenging. Don't be afraid. Don't loose your capacity to love. Pursue your passions. live your dreams. Don't grow old, Just grow up. "Maybe time, maybe love, maybe dreams, as they walk right past you go" -- Paul Quillen, Golden Roads
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