Beauty is an Art

Beauty is an Art

“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Love this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt. The wisdom in the quotation itself is timeless and enlightening. I believe that beauty is an art – an art of human being. I remembered reading a story of a lady, by the name of Rose, who went to college at 87 years old. When asked what motivate her to be in the college at this age, she said, “I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!”

I would like to share with you part of the story that is especially inspiring:

“We do not stop playing, because we are old; We grow old because we stop playing.”

“There are only few secrets to always staying young, being happy and achieving success.”

“You have to laugh and find humor every day.”

“You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are already dead and don’t even noticed about it!”

“There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.”

“If you are 19 years old and lying on bed for one full year without doing at least one productive thing, you will turn 20 years old. If I am 87 years old and lying on bed for a year and never do anything, I will turn 88.”

“Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding the opportunity in change.”

“Have no regrets.”

“The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.”

That is certainly very true. We are growing older everyday but the question is, “are we also growing up?” As the saying goes, “Growing old is mandatory, growing old is optional.”
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8 thoughts on “Beauty is an Art

  1. Sherxr

    I really LOVE the elderly!!
    I wonder if you call someone who likes young children as paedophile, what will you call someone who likes elderly??

    There’s something about the wisdom in their eyes, the life experiences tucked between the lines of their faces, and the eternal sunshine reflected through their smiles.


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  2. Symphony of Love Post author

    Sher, paedophile??? That is bad. From, paedophile means an adult who is sexually attracted to children. Surely you don’t mean you are sexually attracted to elderly? 😀

    Just kidding. You are right, there are certainly a lot of things we can learn from elderly 🙂

  3. Ashveendae

    Thank you for this post. I’m turning 24 and I thought that I’m already old to go back to college. Also, I love talking to oldies. They have so much wisdom to share. It’s like they’ve experienced and learned from different things so much.

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  4. Symphony of Love Post author

    You are definitely right Ashveendae, everytime I go for a morning jog, I would always see this old man and would speak to him. But have not seen him for quite some time. Hope to catch up with him when I go for my run tomorrow morning 🙂

  5. Tammy Warren

    Oh….I love this post. I love old people. I have a next door neighbor that my children call Papaw Grace. His last name is Grace but he is such a kind old man to my children that they call him Papaw. Each day I look forward to talking to him. When I don’t see him….I almost panic. He is 88 and I know one day is time will come.

    I hope I can age with such “grace”….

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  6. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ Tammy, I like him already; base on the way you described him. He truly fits his own name, ‘Grace.’ Yes, time will come one day, but he will live forever in you and your childrens’ hearts. And I believe that you will be able to age with such “grace” too. For one who is constantly reflecting on his/her life and constantly making improvement to others’ lives, that person will surely age beautifully and gracefully.

  7. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ Tammy, I’m sure that your children will miss him when his time comes. Right now, the most important thing to do is to live the day like everyday is the last and there will be no regret.