We encounter various horrors as we age. I was about thirty-five when I noticed my breasts began to droop. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me, me, me! But it’s important to accept and integrate these changes. If you fail, you’re likely to end up old and bitter.
I’ve wrote this a some years ago: Is Bitterness Shown In A Natal Chart?
The comments on that post are interesting. But today, I want to discuss bitterness as it relates to aging.
I have always aspired to live well, age well and die well. I’m not sure how successful I’ve been, but I’ve managed to avoid becoming bitter. I see a lot of it, though. I’m talking about people who feel they have nothing to be happy about. They’re just cranky and hobbling around.
I think this is a Jupiter problem in some form. A person’s perspective may be off. They may just be a pessimist but they may also be uneducated (Jupiter) and I’ll explain this.
I had the advantage of growing up around men who were a lot older than me. There was Henry – Desert Philosopher & Authentically Interesting Person. But there were also the WW2 soldiers from the Old Man’s Bar I worked in as a teenager. Click to see some of them. There is also a tag – Old Man’s Bar. You can see their faces.
These men were alive during a time when people were expected to be wise in their old age and meant to help young people along. They were teachers, basically. Most everything they told me not only taught me but their words stuck with me.
One of them told me that aging was painful, but if you bitched about it, you’d run everyone off. That man was right. Bitter people become more bitter. Non-bitter people adapt.
Have you managed to avoid bitterness? Tell us how!