Just a trip around the sun

A friend of mine thinks of each passing year as simply one more time the earth has revolved around the sun. Recently, in a remark to someone who was boasting about having just become a teenager, my friend said, "That's great! You've been around the sun thirteen times!" It's a refreshing change of focus from the way we usually look at aging—that is, in terms of physical change.

Unfortunately, people are educated to associate advancing years with an accumulation of physical troubles. So it can seem there's a legitimate reason for pinning the whole picture of deterioration or poor health on advanced age. Yet, such difficulties really have nothing to do with the calendar, any more than with how many times someone has been around the sun.

January 3, 1994

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