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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Senior Citizen Peer Pressure

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

(T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets quoted in
The President's Devotions by Joshua Dubois,
Feb 19).

I'm not where I need to be,
but thank God I'm not where I used to be.
I'm okay, and I'm on my way!

(Power Thoughts Devotional by Joyce Meyer,
page 50).

The above quotation from T.S. Eliot seems particularly appropriate now as I have recently retired. In some ways retirement is like returning to my youth: a time during which I did not have to work to pay light bills and water bills – those were paid by my parents. Retirement, however, has an added bonus for unlike in my youth, I enjoy the full rights and privileges of an adult. This altogether is an entire blessing and is not by any means enjoyed by the bulk of mankind.

Not only has my situation changed, but I have changed as well. The stresses of youth to appear acceptable – that is, perfect – have long since gone and have been replaced by acceptance of imperfection. This is a very freeing realization as I continue to strive for perfection but realize it is a never-ending journey. Now the peer pressure from my fellow senior citizens is to let go of attempts to appear perfect (lord knows physically that would be a joke anyway) and the anxieties that this despotic obsession produces.

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