In their own world

Some time ago we were honoured to meet some ladies to whom age was just a number. They were in their seventies and eighties but their interests had not dimmed with age. It was a pleasure and an inspiration to look at the beautiful handicrafts they had created and are still creating. They are learning something new every day and are enjoying those moments of learning. Their continuing interests and attitude towards life has made them physically and mentally active at their age. At the same time it would not be wrong to say that they are very lucky too.

This brought to mind others who are not so lucky. Looking at her lying on the bed, somewhere in her own world, oblivious of what was happening around her brought tears to my eyes. I remembered her as she had been- an active, gentle, loving soul. I remembered her sweet smile and her love and joy as she welcomed us to her home. Now she does not know anything or anyone. Life has turned a full circle and she is like a new born baby. Why does this happen? There is no answer.

Then there are those who start moving into their own world as their hearing and seeing become weaker with age. They are not able to connect with others- he told me he was afraid he would never be able to take part in a conversation anymore. They love to read but failing vision makes it difficult to read as much as they want to. Some are able to take life as it comes and others are not so lucky. They withdraw into their own world. I think it depends on the inherent nature of the person. I remember my father’s elder brother, he passed away this May at the age of 91. He started listening to Classical music late in his life ,it became a passion and he used to spend long hours in the world of music. I dedicate this blog to him.

So much is in our hands but there is also that ‘something’ on which we have no control and is definitely not in our hands. We just have to hope for the Best.

“I don’t believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates”.        ~T.S. Eliot

a world of their own
(The photo is of the works of love made by those inspiring ladies.)

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By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

2 comments

  1. Beautiful craftwork! These ladies are very creative and talented! I think we must do our best to keep our minds and bodies active as we age – though I do agree, there is a certain amount of chance or luck too. I think also that it is good when older people are able to share their talents and experiences with children too. As well as this happening within families, some schools and community groups provide opportunities through special projects and I think this can be a very positive experience for both young and old.

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