Annie Ernaux just won the Nobel Prize in Literature. In a New Yorker article dated November 21, 2022 she states:
I’m already old…That’s a problem. Well, not a problem. It’s a state, the one I happen to be in, and I don’t feel at all bad to be in it. I’m just observing what’s changed.
I am, at 67, fifteen years away from her 82, but that perspective of noticing the new place afresh versus characterizing as it a dilemma is a wisdom quote. And because she is such a keen observer of the moment, she notes that unlike youth, with its potpourri of colors that are restirred and represented again and again as definitions of who we are, old age is different. We shall not have the luxury of time to relive our memories, therefore the only option is to live “live [life] to the fullest” now!
Or to quote my forever goddess, Auntie Mame, always LIVE LIVE LIVE!