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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