This is an essay prompted by another by the same title: http://simplerich.blogspot.com/
I am a fan of getting older for many reasons. When I was young, I wanted a lot of things. Now, I can look back and see that I did some of them.
I wanted to graduate from college. My uncle did. But I really didn't know anybody else in my family who did. Nobody in my family said I should go. In fact, my dad said I didn't need to go to college. So I took college prep classes and business classes in high school because I thought that meant he wasn't going to pay. He did, but I didn't know he was going to until I had saved enough to pay for the first year.
I wanted to get married and stay married to the same person. I wanted the person to share some of my interests and want to grow old with me.
I wanted to have kids. I wanted the kids to grow up to be responsible people who could rip a place for themselves that they wanted, using tooth and nail, education, determination, whatever it took. I wanted the kids to be able to develop relationships that last. Having kids is scary. I did the best I could, but it was difficult to know if I was doing it right. I'm not the smartest person I know...but I'm one of the most determined.
I wanted to travel and see places I'd read about.
I wanted to have a job to go to that I enjoyed.
I wanted to have flowers.
I wanted to not be homeless when I got old.
Yeah, I'm a fan of getting older. When I was younger, all of that was in the I want category. I like knowing that I got a lot of what I wanted:)