Aging can be seen as a privilidge.
It has a myelodysplastic syndrome, which is rare and would like to communicate with others who have MDS.
My father had many nice expressions and used them liberally at the right time. The minister even mentioned them in his mention service. Some of which I would not dare publish, but others are funny, and I find them repeating them.
One of his favorites if someone complained about life in general or did not feel good was, "Well, that's better than an alternative!" That comment usually closes people with regret for them, including me. The longer we can reject death, the better.
I know many people who are offended and are afraid of "old". I was really upset when one of my students called me an older woman. She could not talk to me, did she? I was silenced and stunned about it when my cousins and cousins quickly informed me that I was an elder. I became even more defensive when I remembered that they were all older than me!
However, I never had a "thing" about age. I agree with my cousin, who says he is proud every year. I never lied about it nor did I spend my money on expensive creams to look younger. I was actually pretty graceful about it in comparison to some of the people I know.
But cancer has changed me. Now I'm sorry people who complain of aging. I just reached the scale I predicted I would live when I first was diagnosed. I love my life and want to live as long as I can be reasonably healthy.
Do not tell anyone with cancer how to hate him when reminding you of getting old. Now that people are complaining, I tell them that I hope to be older. When I visit doctors for checkups or around young people, I admit I'm old. But it's not an insult or anything to hide. Instead, that's a big privilege.
Those of us who survive cancer know this. Every day, every hour, every minute, every second counts. We are grateful for another year. This is the privilege that many people do not have and we try to use the most!