There is no cure for ageing
Because ageing isn’t an illness, but a way of life.
And some are better at it than others
Think yourself younger than you really are:
On a crowded bus or tube, offer your seat to a young man
Design a website, invent an app
Take up Zumba, forget to nap
For no-one can predict what’s lying in store
With a future more challenging than ever before.
So enjoy the adventure
Time flies, they say, but it’s us that fly
Time sits on its hands, as we rush by.
And life has a way of gathering speed
So seize the day, we’re a special breed
In the blink of an eye
The wave of a hand
The beat of a heart
The brush of a tear
You are old.
But valued still.
Welcome to the fold.
Written by English poet Roger McGough
This poem was created for the latest Age UK tv advert – I think it’s beautiful. In the cinema version of the advert, it is read by 92 year old movie legend Christopher Lee.
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I love this!
It’s beautiful isn’t it!
It’s lovely isn’t it! Really made me smile!
I like that advert too 🙂
I saw it the other night and immediately had to find out who wrote it – I’m not exactly a poetry fan but this really spoke to me!
I haven’t seen the ad, so thank you for sharing these lovely thoughts!
If you go to the Age UK site on the link you’ll find it on there… Definitely worth watching!
Really lovely words. Certainly very true too.
Thanks! I wish I could take credit for them! They really spoke to me!
I love this!
Christopher Lee also is an amazing actorand person,so that just makes the poem eben better! 🙂
Ugh… Typo… You know what I mean… Hopefully!
Haha! Yes, don’t worry I do! He’s a legend – one of those I’d love to spend an afternoon talking to!
I liked the poem very much and was really impressed with you until you gave the credit. Anyway, it’s an interesting coincidence that we both sort of wrote about the passage of time today. I wonder what may have prompted us both?
Haha, I wish I was anywhere near as talented as he is! I read your post and loved it – the idea of a million thoughts over a million seconds. Perhaps it’s that time of year where everyone reflects on their lives, their time and how they are spending it?
It’s beautiful isn’t it!
Yes very beautiful 🙂
Words of wisdom.
Absolutely! Hope 2015 is a good one for you Ray!
Hi Suzie – thanks for posting that. I’ll have a look at the Age UK ad.
I think this ageing generation is actively questioning the assumptions of what ‘old age’ looks and feels like like, as they questioned other cultural assumptions back in the post-war years. They’re the ones who brought the NHS into existence after all, in a time of great national austerity too. And the ones who put the energy into the 60s. Hopefully they’ll keep challenging preconceptions as they keep ageing.
When I was somewhere near your age I remember keeping a postcard of Georgia O’Keefe in her later years http://www.biography.com/people/georgia-okeeffe-9427684 with her lines and her strength etched on her face, as a future to welcome.
All best wishes
My health has been in quite a precarious balance on and off since my mid-20s and so I have just been grateful for every new year and the passage of time. I will be turning 46 this year so I like your Georgia O’Keefe.
Apologies for the late reply – the changes to the notifications have meant that I have missed lots of comments! Absolutely loved your comment – it really gave me lots to think about!
I’ll be 35 again in a few days so I’m taking this one to heart. 😉
Haha! 35? You mean 21! The ageing prices stops there as far as I’m concerned!
Your fold is a wonderful place to be, Suzie!
Wait, that didn’t sound right…
Bahahaha! I like my fold too… Thanks! 😉
Christopher Lee still looked pretty spritely to me in the new Hobbit movie, definitely an appropriate choice for the narrator here!
I haven’t seen it yet, but he’s just phenomenal, and at the age of 92 i can’t believe he’s still working! What an inspiration!
Having just had a birthday and being 35 backwards, it was great to read this, Suzie. I honestly thought you had written it yourself until you told us it was written by Roger McGough. I’ve tried writing poetry and only wish I could write something like that. Maybe one day.
I find poetry very difficult – I think that it was because we were force fed it at school, but I love Maya Angelou… I wish I had just a small portion of the talent that McGough has!
Another thing about ageing is that the body is constantly surprising us with a new pain here, a new pang there, a loss of teeth, hair deserting the head, etc. etc. etc. There is also the awareness of the gifts of nature, an appreciation for the air we can still breathe, and, of course, infinite thankfulness for the love of family and friends. The older I get (an octogenarian), the more I know that I know nothing.
What a beautiful thought…
I love this! I wish the U.S. would embrace the aging like this. Maybe I need to move to the UK. 🙂
It’s a great place to live, regardless of the negativity of half the population!
I work in retail and from what I deal with on a daily basis it seems like more than half of the U.S. population is drowning in negativity. Lol Not me though…I’m going for my dreams! 🙂
That is so very true! Thanks for sharing Suzie.
Thanks so much Shawn, and thanks for reblogging it!
Reblogged this on Down Home Thoughts and commented:
Not usually a poetry fan, but I found this one very touching. Perhaps its because my dad is almost 92 and I realize that I too am getting older. Here is a linke to video mentioned in Suzie’s blog.
Love this! I haven’t come across the ad yet, I’ll take a look now.
Thanks my lovely!
“You are old.”
Love your fold too. 😉
…I hate getting older.
Haha! I’m enjoying it at the min because I’m still in my 30’s, but my mum is approaching 60 and hates it…
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