To the Editor,
If I think I am old, I am old. If I think I am young, I am delusional. Someone told me today that I was not old, I was vintage. I felt better immediately. As we move through the decades, each one brings its challenges and rewards. What do we want? What do we need? These seem to change as we go from decade to decade. Wants seem to be greater in our younger decades. Throughout all the decades, good health is a want and a need. We are so lucky with Mayo, Gundersen and Olmsted Medical close by. We all know friends and relatives whose lives they have saved. At age 90 I was unhappy with all the things I could not do (and there were many.) But then I got smart and thought of all the things I COULD do). Instead of counting calories, steps, or money, I count blessings. I have never in my life earned more than $50,000 ln a year, but so what; I don’t think earning more would have made my life better. On May 16, 2008, I went to a Bob Bovee concert in Lanesboro and met Bonita, the love of my life. Who would have ever believed? What about me now? All my needs are met: simple food, clothing (if I don’t change size) and shelter in the home I was born in. My wants are taken care of: relatively good health and many good friends.
What else? I can think of nothing else. Each night when I sit and meditate with a candle, I think of all I am grateful for. What else will this 10th decade hold for me? As I have said before, “Change is the only constant.”
Vintage Harvey (Benson)
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