"I'm growing fonder of my staff;
I'm growing dimmer in the eyes;
I'm growing fainter in my laugh;
I'm growing deeper in my sighs;
I'm growing careless of my dress;
I'm growing frugal of my gold;
I'm growing wise: I'm growing --
Yes, I'm growing old!"
-- John Godfrey Saxe ( 1816-1887)
When one is young, time seems to stand still. Old is a long way away, and getting to it is something that happens to your parents and grandparents, not to you. But as we said at the beginning, you started aging from the moment you were born. Your biological clock was wound then and it is ticking now.
Still, it is difficult for you to say for certain just what kind of old person you will be, or what kind or old person you want to be. Will you be the same person at sixty- five that you are now? Will you hold the same views? Will you still dance and sing, work and play? Perhaps