“In youth the days are short and the years are long; in old age the years are short and the days long.”
Old age is something that no one wants. Everyone wants to be forever young, hale and hearty. The reason for this no one in today’s world wants this dependency. Everyone wants to solve their problems on their own, they want to take their decisions on their own, choose their life partner, their career everything. When we think of old age only one thought comes in our mind that is of at this age we might be on bed waiting for our children to take care of us. So no one wants to face such situation in life. But it is part of cycle and it has to come to us one day or other. This was not the situation sometime ago. People used to wait for their old age because they used to get a chance to be closer to their kids. They used to feel whatever we couldn’t give to our kids we will give to their kids. They waited desperately for this age. The children themselves waited to grow and settle fast in life so that their parents could rest and they could serve them. The children were happy to see their parents enjoying with their grand children.
Times and situation change. How? There was a couple staying the husband and wife with kids. Husband had his mother staying with him. She was in her last stage and one day she breathed her last. One of the neighbor went to give condolences she was surprised to see the atmosphere in the house. There were kids in the house watching movie, the music system was on in the other room, the wife came in dressed in her best and brought lot of snacks for the neighbor. The neighbor had come to give condolences but she found that she couldn’t raise the topic seeing the environment of the house. Finally while bidding farewell to the couple she said to the husband ‘Sorry to hear about your mother, this is life we have to accept it as it comes.’ The wife reacted suddenly saying that “Oh good she left we were tired of her, she was bed ridden but still wanted to poke her nose in whatever we did. Finally I will get some peace in my house.” The neighbor taken aback she just looked at the husband who was looking down and after a minute he just uttered she is free from the pain she was suffering here. This story is a perfect example of why do people don’t want old age? The kids today who say they are independent once upon a time dependent on this old parents for every single thing they wanted in life. Now once their bases are strong they think why can’t this parents look after themselves?
I wonder why with time change we forget our values. Why with time change we forget the good deeds someone did for us? Why can’t we keep our values intact and learn new things. We prefer sending them at Old age Homes so that we can enjoy. But did they leave us when we needed them the most? It’s a question every youngster should ask himself or herself? Why do today dads tells the kids take live life differently? It’s because they know somewhere the kid does not want his parents to depend on him or stay with him. We had a tradition of joint family which changed into nuclear but it didn’t mean that we loose our values with it also. At old age also they are human beings and they have the right to live the life happily. They shouldn’t feel that “ I was wrong to grow older. Pity. I was so happy as a child.”