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Writer's Block: Forever young

If you found a magical stone that could keep one person young forever, would you keep it or give it to someone else? If the latter, to whom would you give it?

Mechanics and improbabilities aside, I think I'd keep it.  All my life I've drifted, picking up friends and then moving on as the paths our lives take diverge.  Though change is not easy and transition rarely smooth, I find that I adapt to new situations and new groups of people pretty easily over the long run.  It's not that I don't make connections or miss people when they are gone.  I'm actually pretty fiercely loyal.  The people in my life are important.  But I've always been a bit of a loner and I guess I just don't expect the people I care about to always be there.  They move on in one way or another and I have to make my own way.  It's okay.  I don't think I'd want to inflict it on somebody else, though. 

Ironically, the thing that scares me most about growing old is the idea of being alone.  Growing frail and feeble without anyone to care about you, to help you, is very frightening.  But if you don't grow old, being alone is less scary.  I'm just a bundle of contradictions, aren't I?