岁数 – Maturity

           人步入老年后,常常会陷入自惭形秽的境地。因为身体各种器官的衰退,因为白发,因为皱纹,因为老年斑,因为皮肤的松弛。尽管别人总是要说:你不像这么大岁数的……自己心里清楚,无论多么不像,也是这个岁数了,而且像还是不像又有多大区别呢。

           人在什么岁数就长什么样子,这才是最自然的事。看到有人千方百计去“驻颜”,又是拉皮又是抽脂的,让人觉得辛苦得不行。如果是演员,倒还有点必要,一般人何必去受这个苦呢?让自己到什么岁数就什么样儿不是最简洁的选择吗?

           其实,老年有很多年轻时没有的优点:

           首先,可以从谋生的劳作中摆脱出来,尽情地享受人生。每天再不用被闹钟闹醒,而是睡到自然醒;没有非做不可的事情,可以完全地随心所欲,自由自在;可以做点什么,也可以什么也不做,兀自犯愣。

           其次,可以从很多麻烦的人际关系中摆脱出来,比如上下级关系、同事关系、各类在谋生时不得不应酬的关系,只剩下单纯的亲情、爱情和友情关系,这些都是只给自己带来快乐不会带来烦恼的关系。水乳交融,其乐融融。

           此外,由于肉体的衰退,人可以用更多的时间和更多的精力进入精神的领域,追求美,享受美,如果有可能,还可以创造美。在精神的领域,可以冥思,可以修行,可以在感官的快乐之外享受自由思想的快乐。

           每日在精神的天空自由翱翔,在精神的大地自由徜徉。每日认真地审视自己的生活,反观自身,感受存在的快乐与空灵,不亦乐乎?

Due to the degeneration of our organs, due to our hair turning grey, wrinkling, pigment and loose skin, we are always obsessed with a sense of inferiority when we become old. Although others always say: you don’t seem to be that old….. Only we know it clearly in the depth of our heart, no matter how little our appearance matches with our age, our younger self is long gone. And how big the gap between what appearsm and what doesn’t appear.

It is the most common thing that people look the right way at their age. We see people taking uncountable amount of methods just to retain their beauty, but facelift and liposuction both cause suffering. It might be slightly necessary for actors, but why should ordinary people suffer all these pains. Isn’t it the simplest choice to look like who you are at your age?

However, there are a lot of advantages to old age compared with young age:

Firstly, we can get rid of working for making a living and enjoy our life as much as possible. Every morning we won’t be woken up by the alarm, instead we can wake up as late as we want. There is nothing we must do, just follow your heart and be free; we can choose to do a little, nothing or just be numb.

Secondly, we can get out of much terrible communicate relationship, such as the relationship between superiors and subordinates, colleagues and other relationship we have to deal with for making a living. Only pure relationships between family members, lovers and friends are left. That is the relationship which only bring us happiness, not trouble. Where we get along swimmingly with each other and enjoy.

In addition, with debility of body, people have more time and more energy to enter into spiritual world, to seek beauty, and to enjoy beauty. And if possible, it can create beauty. In the spiritual world, we can indulge in meditation, improve ourselves through practice, and gain happiness from the spiritual area with affluent thoughts besides feeling at ease.

Just imagine everyday soaring in the vast sky, wandering in the spiritual land, re-examining our own life and following our heart, and feeling the pleasure of existence, wouldn’t that be a fascinating journey.

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