The Final Fears

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The Final Fears

 Fear of Old Age

Old Age is the Fifth Face of Old Man Fear. The fear of old age is something that doesn’t usually show up until most people are in their fourties. By then a few acquaintances and possibly even a friend or a family member has succumbed to a degenerative disease, struck down far too early and driving home the point of mortality. It makes us stop and reevaluate where we are and what we are doing. If we are lucky that thought stays with us for more than a few fleeting minutes. Fear of old age and its twin (Fear of Death, the Sixth Fear) can be motivating factors for us to do more and to do better if viewed in the best possible light.

 

 

I recall a story a few years ago about a woman who had just lost a sister to cancer. The sister was not even middle aged when she died. The task of going through her sisters things and sorting them out after the funeral had fallen to her.  It must have been a heartbreaking task, but she noticed something that made it so much worse. Her sister had saved things for special days. Gorgeous clothing that she had never worn, perfumes she had never used, even expensive makeup still in its case unopened, waiting for the special day that would now never come. It was very sobering for me to read her account, I can’t imagine how she felt at the time.

I do however know this much. From that day forward she wore her best perfume when she went out. She felt that her checkout girl’s nose might be as keen as any well dressed opera attendee. She wore her fancy lace underwear when she went to her school meetings. There was no reason she couldn’t feel as sexy there as she would at a New Year’s Ball that she might never attend. She wore her best clothes when she wanted to, saved less money for rainy days, took more holidays, went on more walks, talked to more friends and volunteered for whatever felt like a good cause.

 

She learned a valuable lesson and in writing about it, she taught me it as well.  Life is for living and life is for the living.  No matter how much we grieve anyone, we cannot bring them back. And no matter what we do, we will all fall victim to our own mortality at some point along the way.  I sure am a long way from where I would like to be in life and I continue to move towards that goal. But let me tell you something brothers and sisters, I am so much closer than I was that morning before I read this young women’s story.  I am forever in her debt because she changed my fear of old age and death by making me realize that the immediate is ultimately all that truly matters.

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8 Responses to “The Final Fears”

  1. Mona Says:

    Your so right, Sigrid, nobody wants to be old, even though everybody wants to live as long as possible. What a paradox! But the thought of my limited time on earth is also a very strong motivator and a calling to make the best of it – like the example in your story. And it’s good stories that help us see how we can improve and find a way for innovation despite of all the fears that are holding us back.

    So, thank you for your story and have a great day!
    Mona Hasler

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    sigrid Reply:

    You are so welcome Mona, thanks so much for stopping by. We just never know when that day will come, so I plan to live fully and be grateful every day!

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  2. joel pashkin Says:

    Great post Sigrid, reminds my about the difference between aging and decaying. Thanks
    joel pashkin recently posted…Life in Retirement – Elderly ParentsMy Profile

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    sigrid Reply:

    You are so welcome Joel.

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  3. Michelle DeMarco Says:

    Wow what a powerful story. It is devastating to lose someone we love. It makes us question everything, from what it life really about to how are we going to live without that person. Slowly we must choose, to move forward or to live in fear and sorrow. There really is only one choice, to LIVE fully!!!
    Michelle DeMarco recently posted…The Charge | Chapter 4 Review | The Drive For CongruenceMy Profile

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    sigrid Reply:

    Thanks Michelle. So often, at the last, people have so many regrets. This story reminds me that we have to play full out!!

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  4. Greg Agustin Jr. Says:

    We are urged to live each day like it’s our last.. I certainly fall short of this, especially when we are too busy worrying about insignificant things.. Thanks for the reminder =)

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    sigrid Reply:

    You are so welcome Greg.

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