This is a translation of a senior’s letter to a friend.
To my dear friend,
I hope you are feeling good. If you ask, I am fine too. I only missed seeing you and have a cup of tea beside you in these cold days of being old.
I decided to write this letter before my Alzheimer comes back. I never wish to get young again, because the result of being older is, having my good friends and family.
I don’t mind my grey hair and bigger stomach. Now I have a feeling that I am kinder to myself. I don’t judge myself when I eat a few sweets more, buy things that I don’t really need, and so many other silly things.
Now I believe, I have every right to once in a while step out of perfection and feel free and happy. We will leave this life sooner or later. Who’s going to criticize me when I stay awake at night, and sleep a little longer in the morning or take a nap in the afternoon?
Now I vote for my happiness, not what others think of me or my schedule. Now I dance with my favorite songs, sing loud, and cry with the ones I had memories with. Now, I love my loneliness.
Sometimes I forget things according to my age, but it’s not always a bad thing, some memories need to be wiped off. The most important is that the great things in life flashes back and I enjoy those memories. I have broken heart like many others, but these broken hearts gave me the strength and taught me to be kind, understanding, and warm to others.
The cold heart is the one which never broke in life, so I rather have the broken heart. I was lucky to see my hair grow grey, and deep lines on my face, not many people experience that. I guess the key for me to think positive was getting old. This gives me peace and makes me calm. The life I passed with all its ups and downs, was a lesson. I love these lessons and experiences. Let’s just think about the beauty of the life, and be happy and free. I am grateful for the things God gave me, and the things he didn’t.