Tuesdays with Morrie

Mitch asked Morrie if he is ever afraid to grow old. Then Morrie said, "Mitch, I embrace aging. It's very simple. As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you'd always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It's growth. It's more than the negative that you're going to die, it's also the positive that you understand you're going to die, and that you live a better life because of it."
But if aging were so valuable, why do people always say, "Oh if I were young again." You never hear people say, "Oh if I were sixty-five."
Then Morrie smiled and said, "You know what that reflects? Unsatisfied lives. Unfulfilled lives. Lives that haven't found meaning. Because if you've found meaning in your life, you don't want to go back. You want to go forward. You want to see more, do more. You can't wait until sixty-five."
- p.118

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