What Should It Feel Like?



What Should it Feel Like?
Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.
July 21, 2023

I distinctly remember when grandpa
Was my absolute current age
So does that mean I’m ancient now
Or just a very well seasoned sage?
I am truly convinced right here right now
My brain cells are reaching their peak
But then again more years will come
Perhaps more brain stimulation I’ll seek
The reflection I see in my mirror today
Has imperfections or perhaps really not
For at 72 yearly journeys on earth
I am proud of every wrinkle I got
So what’s the point of my rambling here
What am I trying to say?
I guess it’s all about attitude
And how in life you choose to play
For growing old doesn’t have to be
The end of the accepted road
As long as you keep on leaving this world
With less of a heavy load
As long as each day is seen as a chance
To leave a gloriously positive gift
And plant a healthy footprint behind
While healing some implausible rift
Aging if tempered with passions fulfilled
Is mellow like a fine Chardonnay
And though the body might creak a bit more
You will bless each optimistic new day

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What should "old age" feel like?

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Written on July 21, 2023

Submitted by shulman.gary on July 21, 2023

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Words 212
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Stanza Lengths 3, 28

Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.

Gary Shulman, MS. Ed. has spent a lifetime supporting vulnerable families and children. He began his career working with children with and without disabilities in an inclusive Head Start program in Brooklyn NY. He then transitioned to become the Special Needs and Early Childhood Coordinator for the Brooklyn Children's Museum for 10 years. His passion for advocacy grew as he worked more and more with parents of children with disabilities. For over 24 years he passionately advocated for the needs of these parents as the Social Services and Training Director for Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc. in NYC. The last 8 years of his working life, Mr. Shulman served as a private Special Needs Consultant conducting hundreds of training sessions throughout NYC and beyond to help parents and professionals find and access the services and systems required to facilitate maximizing the potential of their children with disabilities. Now Mr. Shulman is happily retired in Palm Springs CA, but still volunteers his time any way he can to provide information to those in need of his expertise. Today, Gary enjoys sharing his poetry that he passionately writes with the goal of leaving this world a better place one word at a time. more…

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