A Senior’s Letter|نامه یک پیرمرد

“197th story”

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.

Sincerely yours

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  1. Thank you for sharing another great teaching story, Laleh. I hope you are well. Here we are getting news about a heat wave in Canada, while we are almost trembling here at 16 degrees (C). 😉 Be well, stay save, enjoy life! 🙂 xx Michael

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  2. What a wonderful letter!… I just felt somehow weird, and the words of this old man calmed me and brought light into my heart and soul again.

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  3. A lovely letter from a wise man.

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  4. Such a well-timed post to read just before setting off to visit my 98 year old mother

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  5. The most beautiful letter that an old man could write for a friend. Thank you for posting.

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  6. “The cold heart is the one which never broke in life, so I rather have the broken heart.”


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  7. What a wonderful letter!
    Thank you for sharing it 🙏💕🙏

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  8. Thank you for sharing!!… as Mahatma Gandhi said “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” (Mahatma Gandhi) so I will follow my heart filled with memories (for when I grow to old to dream), not concentrating on growing and enjoying each day because it won’t come again… and the heart will mend… 🙂

    Hope you are having a wonderful day, every day, life is all that you wish for it to be and until we meet again..
    May the love that you give
    Always return to you,
    That family and friends are many
    And always remain true,
    May your mind only know peace
    No suffering or strife,
    May your spirit only know love and happiness
    On your journey through life.
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

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  9. Love it thank you for sharing

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  10. Wonderful! This is the way to grow old gracefully! ❤

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  11. it means
    ah so perfect!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Lovely letter! Love the books also!

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  13. Wisdom in letter writing. Hurray for snail mail and all reliable and cheap postal services around the world, state run or not.

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  14. All of your posts and stories touch the heart so deeply… thanks Laleh💖💖💖

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  15. How lovely! Reading that was a nice way for me to start my week.

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  16. If only we could get this wisdom earlier in life…But then, that would not be life 🙂 Perhaps best the way it is.

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  17. This is deep and lovely writing. As we grow older, we know ourselves better. 🙂

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  18. Se si riesce ad arrivare in età avanzata con questa saggezza la vita ha ancora molto da donare.

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