These are by the fabulous Filipino cultural icon Gilda Cordero-Fernando, who writes the column "Forever 81" for senior citizens, and for those who will become senior citizens someday. I honestly don't hope to grow as old as she is now, but if I do, then she is definitely my guru.
"To my contemporaries: Make young friends now, before it's too late. They will take the place of those who have gone to pasture... But don't push it. Never try too hard to relate to the young. Relax, just be yourself. Don't try to dress young if you feel like 80. Don't dress like 80 if you feel like 30. It's a matter of getting your looks and your outlook to match."
|Really old building in Cebu City, 7:42AM on 10 October 2011.
"When you are with young people, or any age people, learn to listen (even if you can't hear). Concentrate! Every person has something you can be interested in and you must be all there to catch it."
|Mausoleum at the Chinese Cemetery in Manila, 11:04AM on 30 October 2011.
"Learn to (or continue to be) generous. No one wants to be around somebody who's old na, kuripot (miserly) pa... Don't always be a taker. That's the route to a lonely old age."
François de la Rochefoucauld once said, "Few people know how to be old." The delightful Ms. Cordero-Fernando is definitely one of the few.