Life can have a slow reveal over decades. A favorite Muhammad Ali quote of mine is that: “A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” My appreciation for this quote has grown as I’ve reexamined the path of my life. No, I’m not navel-gazing, nor am I maudlin. It’s just that you can’t rescind a life, and most of us would prefer not to repeat past errors.
If it were easy to change, we’d all live lives of gracious decorum, moral uprightness and be staid “pillars of our community” – it’s just not as simple as declaring a new doctrine -“I’ll never do that again!”
I may appear as a sort of rusty relic with gray hair, but there is no arbitrary point in life where you get to laugh and pat yourself on the back for a life completed and well-lived. So a certain amount of striving to correct your behavior and path in life is required even if you have grey hair.
I know on reflection that I have a lot to rectify in how I deal with people; patterns in life established while young that I’ve learned to regret. It’s as Socrates states – the unexamined life is not worth living. I believe that he made this statement during his trial, just before his life ended. Hopefully, we have a bit more leisure to examine ours.