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I must quote the actor Richard Gere on his thoughts about ageing.  Mr Gere embraced Buddhism some years ago, and at 68 is ageing rather nicely if I may say so…

“I am old but I am forever young at heart.  We are always the same age inside.  Know that you are the perfect age.  Each year is special and precious, you can only live it once.  Do not regret growing older, it’s a privilege denied to many!”

What sense he talks!  Yes, however much we grow older on the outside, we never age inside.  I feel the same inside as I did at 25, isn’t it weird?

What I do regret are the aches and pains of ageing, not the wisdom and insight that time gives us.  What I’d really like is to keep my 60 year old brain and transport it onto a 20 year old body, but then again I expect that’s what the majority of middle-agers will say.  Ageing comes at a price – the joints and muscles complain sometimes, but hey, we know what to do about it.  We’ve got to keep it all moving and make every effort to get out of our armchairs…

Mr Gere, thanks for those words of encouragement.  I view every day as a bonus, as without treatment I wouldn’t have made it past 50 years of age.  I’ve had 13 extra years so far, and have got to know my rather delightful grandchildren.  Perhaps we can meet for tea and crumpets one day and talk about life?  Just leave me your email address in the comments and I’ll be right in touch…

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