Reaching 67 years is God’s gift PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 July 2016 14:56

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Reaching  67 years is not a feat but it is God’s gift and if you still grow older it is God’s greatest gift to you. Amen, to that. Many call it when you reach your senior years, the golden age of your life.Your outlook in life is different. You find more comfort in looking at your healthy body and that for every wrinkle you find in your face, is a medal of achievement. And when the skin in your neck and arms is sagging loosely, you find yourself more beautiful to see because those are real life’s decoration after many years of hard work and sacrifices to bring your family to a successful beginning in a never ending world of “rat race” of survival. That will be your destiny.

* * * * * *

You may call it God’d will but Table Talk says it was your wish from the very first time you enjoyed life. Your life is like a flexible bamboo tree, you bend when the wind blows or like a pebble in the shoreline, you are washed away into the abyss when the waves come by. Sixty seven years of God-given life in this world is too much to ask for the unhappy but not more than enough for the happy ones.Those friends who greeted Table Talk when he turned 67 years old the other day gave me more life and love to face the world.

* * * * * *

Part of the Beatles song “ When I’m 64" is an appropriate song for senior citizens, and partly it goes this way “when I grow older losing my hair, many years from now? will your still be sending me valentines, birthday greetings or bottle of wine.......”. Beatle John Lennon was expecting what his life will be, when he grows to be a senior citizen but he did not become a senior citizen, because his young life was snapped bya bullet from an avid fan who turned assassin. And, perhaps the message of this song is true to some unfortunate senior citizens.

* * * * * *

Roman poet Antonius once said “unto each life some rain must fall.....”,  but remember the inspiring words of an anonymous poet to wit: “hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly...”. These are inspiring words for everybody to keep life going and reach your golden age and maybe you will be happy from beginning to ending like a fairy tale that ends with the words “and live happily ever after”.... although life is not a fairy tale.

* * * * * *

One should be happy and take it a privilege in growing to be a senior citizen because many unfortunately die young. The saddest and most unfortunate thing is when somebody is leading a dying life. For no reason at all one feels the hatred of living. This is not God’s work but Satan’s cruel manipulation. One should overcome the temptation at all cost to be happy again.

* * * * * *

Scoop: Thank you to all my friends and loved ones who greeted me on my 67th birthday. So happy about it, especially my friend Daryl Ondasan Vallecer, my neighbor who surprised us with a delicious “pata de baca” pulutan last Friday evening. Thanks to you all. This time please agree.