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Age- a Response to Brenda's Prompt.

Peace is a high school- level educator and a writer that is dedicated to creating engaging contents for online platforms.

Again, our very own talented writer, Brenda has come up with another amazing word prompt "Age" which could go in different dimensions and here's how I have responded to it.

Firstly, I think that the most important thing about aging is acceptance because you'll get old anyways whether you feel good about it or not. So exercise, eat healthy, engage in beauty regimes as much as you can and live a beautiful life. Look out for opportunities that will enrich your life instead of retiring and shutting off from the world.

They say life gets harder as you grow older and I kind of understand that. I mean just yesterday I was a kid and my only concern was watching my favourite cartoons or getting new toys. But today I woke up stressed about an endless list of things.

"Old age may have its limitations and challenges, but in spite of them, our latter years can be some of the most rewarding and fulfilling of our lives".-

Billy Graham

Then again, people from ages of 60 and beyond experience a lot of life changes. Physical and health challenges, retirement, children all grown and leaving home and a lot more. Every stage of our lives dishes out it's own challenges. Learning to handle and adapt to these changes and exploring things around you will lead to a healthy life.

Life has many wonderful surprises for you, especially when you grow old.

Life has many wonderful surprises for you, especially when you grow old.

Aging - A poem.

Things I used to do with ease

Has become a herculean task.

I can't change my own car tire.

I can't walk fast let alone run.

Joint aches when I lift a finger.

My energy is gradually fading.

I'm not as strong as I used to be.

My face has lost volume and tone

The tightness is gone.

Purple veins abound my skin.

Wrinkled and fragile all over.

I feel betrayed by cruel mirrors.

Or a crappy vision it might be

That can't possibly be me, I said.

When did these changes happen?

Too often my memory fails.

I do wish I was younger

But no one has a time machine.

I have accepted the beauty of aging.

The characters it adds to my face.

The grey hairs and sagging eyelids.

The contentment within.

"Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator."--


© 2021 Peace Tobe Dike


Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 22, 2021:

Hello, Brenda..I'm grateful for your feedback and thank you for these weekly thought provoking prompts, it has helped me improve my writing...Hugs, Thank you!

Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 22, 2021:

Misbah..thank you for reading and leaving a kind comment. Love and blessings.

Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 22, 2021:

Hello Chitrangada..I'm glad I could share and thank you too for reading. Blessings to you!

Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 22, 2021:

Thank you so much, Pamela.

For taking time to read and comment. I appreciate it.

Sending love and hugs your way.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 21, 2021:


I love how you start your article with this quote:

" When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There's an unspeakable dawn in happy old age". - Victor Hug

You give us some very good advice to enrich our life instead of retiring & shutting down.

Me personally, I don't think I will ever shut down. I love life.

Life can be a struggle as we get older, but the reward is worth it.

We must learn to adapt as we age.

In your poem "Aging - A poem." You remind us what it's like to get old.

Not being able to do things we once change a tire.

How our joints ache.

(I blame that on the

We're left looking at the wrinkles and all the other signs wondering when this all happened

You tell us wishing to be young again will not happen, but we can be content with the character it adds to our beauty.

Tobe this is a wonderful assessment of aging.

We can't hide from it, but we can accept it with grace.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on July 20, 2021:

I enjoyed reading your response to Brenda's Prompt, Tobe. You have captured it very well

Blessings and Love to you, dear friend

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 20, 2021:

A beautiful response to the word prompt, Age.

You are right that acceptance of your age is very important, as aging is inevitable. There are bound to be physical changes, but by following good and healthy lifestyle, we can be well prepared and age gracefully.

Loved reading your poem and insightful thoughts about aging.

Thank you for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 20, 2021:

This is a very good response to Brenda's prompt, Peace. You have captured most of the aspects of getting old in this poem. I like that you added 'contentment' because that is a very nice aspect of being older. It is not all negative, even though there are aches and pains.

Love, big hugs and blessings to you!

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