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          I was munching on some Oreos while watching t.v. the other day when I saw this ad, featuring a well-known actress smiling like an angel onscreen for a lotion commercial, then she said the star-powered tagline, “I don’t want to grow old.”

          My Lord, I nearly fell off my chair when I heard it. What the heck was that? Has the viewpoint on aging really gone that bad these past years. I mean, yes, I am aware of all those anti-aging products that are flooding the market nowadays, but it seems to me that people today are not just obsessed about growing old gracefully, but they are actually scared witless at the prospect of losing their youth. This is ridiculous! Aging is a part of life, there’s nothing wrong about it. It’s just the way we were meant to progress as human beings — to grow old is an integral part of our essence. There is nothing scary or awful about aging. It is a phase of life that we should celebrate. Why? Because maturity brought about by our experiences comes with aging. It only means that we’ve lived a full life — and we can share our insights and wisdom with the people around us. I think Morrie (in Tuesdays with Morrie) said it best, when he commented that, “As you grow old, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, its also the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.