My husband and I went to Paris, France, for Valentine’s Day last month. It was my first trip outside the country, with the exception of our timeshare visits in Puerta Vallarta. It was a humbling and awe-inspiring trip. We Americans tend to see places, aside from this soil, as less than ourselves and our history. However, historically speaking, America is still a young whippersnapper, declaring its independence as a sovereign nation in 1776. France, however, can trace its roots back to the time before Christ.
When touring about, I was struck by how much of the city, is well, old. Old buildings, reflecting ancient history, reminiscent of the famous names that most of us can only dredge up in junior high history quizzes. We saw the the place where Napoleon is buried. I mean, Napoleon! The short general that was born before America. I looked it up and his date of birth was August 15, 1769.
My favorite artist lived in the same area of Montmarte that my hotel was located. None other than Pablo Picasso. I took pictures of apartment doors that were architectural wonders. There was the Louvre, the largest museum in the world. Notre Dame, the famous cathedral, for which construction started in 1163.
It all got me to thinking. As baby boomers, we sometimes lament the age we have attained, rather than the value of who we have become. There is always something commendable( and enviable) about a treasure that stands the test of time and with a bit of polish and paint (from time to time) still looks good and has something to contribute.
Boomer wisdom would like to remind every senior adult that some may consider you an antique, but, what you have to offer this world even now, is transcendent beauty and distinction. Once you are gone, there will never be another like you. Don’t quietly slip away, but, stand out now, such that the space you once occupied will always be celebrated. Remember that antiques are sought after because of their considerable age. Anything or ANY ONE that remains viable/useable/characteristically and intrinsically true/real after weathering life, is a valuable(and most lovely) antique indeed!
Blessings to you all!