Old Geezers


Do we change as we get older or do we stay the same? There are many possible answers to this question and maybe there's a unique answer for every person who makes it into retirement.

This year, on my birthday, I joined the ranks of old geezerdom. I don't feel any different than I did before, and I didn't even realize I had attained that distinction until a friend a year or two my senior welcomed me to the ranks.

A short while ago, I went to City Hall to drop off my absentee ballot for the presidential primary. Having done so, I was back in my car, driving to the exit from the parking lot. I had to wait in line a minute or two because, as I soon discovered, traffic near the entrance was down to one lane only. Some old geezer had stopped in the entrance lane, gotten out of his car, and was slowly making his way toward the building entrance. Signs prominently displayed made it clear that the building was closed due to the pandemic. I mentally swore at him as I finally left the parking lot. That's the kind of person who gives old geezers a bad name, I thought to myself.

My personal feeling is that while people change physically as they get older, they don't really change in their attitudes to life. Those who are selfish in old age probably were selfish all their lives, and those who were kind to others earlier in life generally remain so as they get older. You are fortunate if you live a life that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning. If you don't have something that you enjoy doing, it's never too late to find what's missing. And when you find it, you won't be the only person who benefits from your discovery.

Date Recorded: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Date Posted: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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I like it -- very perceptive
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