Young and Beautiful

When we are young, youthful, and strong,

let’s not forget our old

who are weak, and ridden with ache.

They too were once young, youthful, and strong

and like them, our time of vulnerability

will approach.

And when it does, do we expect

a little kindness? a little grace?

Published by Msdedeng

At 41, I am still figuring out life: my place in society, my career path, a family of my own, any many others things. Heck, I am still trying to make friends in California; a place I moved to 3 years ago. I am currently in a Community College to make up for the many years I missed school while in Africa (Uganda). I intend to transfer to university next year and double major in History and English. I lead a very ordinary life; a normal day is spent doing school assignments, hiking, or reading. My favorite thing to do is walk! Short walks or long walks it does not matter. Walking allows me to think about things - anything! My love of walking comes from where I grew up, a small village in northeastern Uganda. It is still one of the most remotest areas I will ever know, and couldn't even start comparing what life is like there to say a place like California. Walking was all I did while growing up! I walked for miles to school, to church, to the shops, to the borehole to fetch water, and to the market. It was quite an adventure unlike any other - so you now understand my love for walking.

86 thoughts on “Young and Beautiful

  1. I like your insight.
    My country relies on children too. And it was fine till standards of living got so high that it affects how you care for your old parents. Crazy!


  2. Everyone will be old, and old age means disease, weakness, helplessness, helplessness. It would be good to have a care system that would take care of the elderly and their needs. It would be good to pay for such a place when you start working. It is a pity that this is not the case in my country. You have to rely on children or family.

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  3. Msdedeng, your heartwarming poem makes everyone, especially the younger ones, think. Because we are all getting older and therefore it is especially the older ones that are worth being valued and respected. Because we would like to be treated in a friendly and courteous manner later on.
    Warm Greetings…Rosie from Germany

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  4. Msdedeng, I think, Values ​​education is actually the task of parents and teachers and these must then also be implemented by consensus.
    Because our values, for example respecting the elderly, treating them fairly and helping them, should be set and exemplified as adults.
    The best for you this week Msdedeng
    Rosie ❤ ❤

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  5. There has to be a balance in all this, and I think it comes down to us individually to set standards that work for us. May you continue to shine in your own way.
    Take care my dear friend.

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  6. That is so true. I believe that the ostracism many older people experience leads to and increases aging. I often feel invisible when I walk down the street these days in the US. I’m amazed at the brilliance and talents so many children and teens are exhibiting these days, but as you say, those in the older category still have so much to give. My Mom’s body was riddled with cancer by the time she died at age 79 but her mind was still acute and incisive. I’ve often had friends of all ages, from the children I’ve taught, my son’s babysitters to people much older than me and they’ve all had so much to share.

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  7. What a beautiful comment this is, Katelon, so heartwarming. 69 is absolutely still young! my problem with ageism is that, people in the “old” category are almost counted out. Why? they are still human with dreams, ideas, and so much to give, just like the young. As long as one is still breathing, then they are still relevant.
    Thank you for sharing your story. Much appreciated!

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  8. I grew up very ill and although when I could breathe I was active and strong, it’s not like I’ve ever known a fully healthy body. But now that I’m 69, I look back at my past, remembering grandparents, aunts, etc. and wonder how they felt being older. I’m still active and feel younger inside……yet I’m grandma age lol. So I wonder if they all felt that way, too.

    I love this poem, it is very sweet. The US doesn’t treat its elderly well but I know other cultures honor their ancestors more. It is important as they have so much to give. I still have more to give 🙂

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  9. First of all, thank you for the follow, I appreciate it. Yes, Asians seem to be OK in this department. This is one of Africa’s strongest culture, I think, respect for the elders is a very big deal. Well, except in the cities, young people are taking up the western culture and eroding their own ways. Sad!

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  10. Oh, beautiful! I feel this is one reason why we must educate the young correctly. They will grow old with grace and at the same time treat their elders with respect and care. I am actually proud of South East Asians in this regard. We have so much regard for our elders. How is it in your home country?

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  11. Thank you. Sometimes I feel it is not my own because it means beautiful dark skinned woman and I am very lacking in melanin. My parents chose it because they liked the sound and they didn’t consult the meaning. 🙂

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