At this juncture in Life, there is something that troubles me and there is nothing I can do about it because it is a natural event. That is the passing of those close to me. Of course, as I get older, this is going to happen more often, but I don't like it! Not to mention, it reminds me of my own mortality.
When I was younger, I would unconsciously categorize everyone who I met into three groups; kids, people my age, and the geriatric group. Now I am a part of the later.
I don't mind getting older, except that I use to think I had the rest of my life to do things, now it is in terms of so-many-years-left to do it. But most of all, there are those that I miss that have already passed on. These include family, friends, and even some celebrities. I grew up with them and now many of them are missing pieces to the puzzle or close to their ends.
Simon & Garfunkel dwelt on this subject in their Bookends album. One song in particular, Old Friends, stands out:
Old friends, old friends,
Sat on their parkbench like bookends
A newspaper blown through the grass
Falls on the round toes
of the high shoes of the old friends
Old friends, winter companions, the old men
Lost in their overcoats, waiting for the sunset
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. - Mark Twain