Most people find themselves reflecting back to their past, wishing they could take back their younger days. Some even regret not cherishing the moment. We seem to accept aging as a distressing process associated with discomfort and misery. Youth on the contrary is perceived as the most radiant and beautiful period of life. Morrie Schwartz held a different perspective from our common conception of aging.
Morrie Schwartz’s perspective on aging captures my interest. His lessons on life and death can transform everyone into students with the task of understanding aging and using it to the best of your advantage. Morrie embraced aging as an opportunity to become more knowledgeable. He believed that as one grows they accumulate more knowledge. Most individuals shudder and feel ashamed at the thought of becoming dependent as we age. Morrie also embraced this concept. He saw this as an opportunity to relive infancy and have his friends closer to him. One of his life lessons is to appreciate all aspects of life. Both youth and adulthood has many elements to offer. Although many people place an emphasis on youth, it can contain misery and struggle. For example, one may struggle to recapture the guidance from someone they lost. Many people should learn to appreciate aging as a sense of maturity and becoming wiser. As we age, we encounter different experiences which we learn from and carry along our path. Instead of conforming to our common conception about aging, we should form our own set of values and appreciate the advantages of aging.
In summation, Morrie’s perspective on aging appeals more to me because of the ability to relate. Although Morrie doesn’t state specific stages of aging, his perspective is still filled with emotions and feelings that most individuals can relate to. Shakespeare’s seven stages of man is a planned outline of the stages an individual may go through. However, this does not apply to all...