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  The Older I Get
by William S. Cottringer
Saturday, August 31, 2002


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The Older I Get…
by William Cottringer

The older I get, the more I listen and the less I talk.
Oddly, when I was younger, I had even less to say and more to hear.

The older I get, the more I value the inner person.
Getting to know people inside out allows you to appreciate both sides.

The older I get, the more I realize that I took the long way home.
I wonder what I would have done if I had gotten here earlier.

The older I get, the more patience I have,
But oddly, the less I need it.

The older I get, the less I think needs changing.
I can’t figure out if I am getting older and wiser or just tired and lazy.

The older I get, the more I prefer the simple things.
It took a lot of getting lost in complexity to figure this out.

The older I get, the more precious time becomes.
Living every moment as if it could be my last, makes them all last longer.

The older I get, the less I want.
Enjoying what I already have reduces inventory and overhead costs greatly.

The older I get, the more I see problems as opportunities.
But I still have to make mistakes to learn anything.

The older I get, the more responsibility I take.
If only I had known how to do this earlier.

The older I get, the closer I get
To where I know I have always been-
Right here where I always wanted to be.

What have I learned from getting older?
It was never anything in life that bothered me,
Just my “wrong” opinions about those things,
which I could only see by getting older.

What haven’t I learned from getting older?
Why we have to get older to understand what is most important.




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Reviewed by Joyce Rapier
William, I can certainly relate to your poem and the very last line says it all. Loved the poem.

Joyce Rapier
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Reviewed by Christina (student)
Though I am not that old, I feel and understand every word in your writeing. I really liked it.
Reviewed by Thomas
Very ture. I am glad that this has come to me at this stage in my life standing before a bridge I had not the courage to cross in younger days. I,m reminded of Ralph Waldow Emerson.
Reviewed by Renee Jayasimha
very true. if I only knew at age 18 what I know now I'm sure life would have been much different. But I seem to learn more from the school of hard knocks. But my new philosophy of life is that I'm like a fine wine I get better with age.
Reviewed by Regina Pounds
I agree with Robert: innate (sp?) wisdom can be found in youth, but that doesn't detract from your realizations, William. Glad you posted here.

Gina
Reviewed by jude forese
sometimes there is knowledge in youth...
Reviewed by jing javier
yes..very true.
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