The World around us is moving at lightning speed. At times, it pays little heed to its destination. Unintended consequences of the actions we take are rarely identified but often prove to bring negative results.
In a World like ours, little attention is paid to those who have decades of life experience. These experienced (synonym old) people are ready to share what life has taught them. But where is the interested audience? Even the adult offspring of elderly parents avoid conversations that could help them correct a course of action; condemning themselves to making the same mistakes their parents and grandparents had made.
Who, if anyone, does listen? Elderly people talk to and are listened to by other elderly people. There is a shared resignation in these conversations. We tell each other that, “Our own young people don’t value our life experiences. They seem intent on learning everything the hard way. Oh well, we will soon be gone, and they may come to regret their failure to listen and learn.”
We elderly must settle for knowing that we are relevant, if only to other elderly citizens.