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11. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

I wouldnt have called you old Isa!:)

I was talking about real old fogies like my grandparents and great-grandparents.

I should have phrased myself better. You said what I meant - they know the fights worth picking. Exactly true.

Thanks! I appreciate not being old yet!

I agree with Tway, age is relative. My mother died at 63. During one of the last cnversations I had with her, she stated she felt then (at 63) the same way she had at 18. The same things made her giddy and sad, still had passion for the important things in life - though they had changed as she grew older. As she put it - at 18, she was passionate about boyfriends but at 63 and 40+ years of marraige, she'd found her b/f and could focus on other issues. She was a vibrant women until the day she passed away, even though she had been ill for 3 years. She has been gone for 21 years. I didn't quite understand what she was telling me then, but I do now. I still feel 18 and will go out kicking up my heels.

12. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

That we may all feel like 18 in the autumn of our years! a toast!:)

I hope so.

13. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

I am not certain what the meaning is behind this thread. What is the passion of the young? What is the passion of the old?

14. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Do you give up the fight when you get old?

15. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Brendan

I am not certain what the meaning is behind this thread. What is the passion of the young? What is the passion of the old?

Quoting tway

"I'm not young enough to know everything" is how Oscar Wilde put it.

The "young" are supposed to be firey and passionate, while the "mature" are purported to take things with a grain of salt and have learned to let things go.

So here's my question: is trading in extreme passion for the ability to just let things go a good thing? Or does it mean we just don't want to fight anymore?

There comes a time when you realize that it may only be yourself that you are really fighting with in the first place.

16. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

No, not exactly, Brendan - more like: does growing old entail leaving passion behind for the sake of keeping the peace? Or somehting like that. You know, I've yet to quite get the question right. It's really because I'm annoyed, but curious, about being told that I'm too focused on insignificant things - which aren't insignificant to me!

Oh, I'll try to rephrase this question again later...

17. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

It's really because I'm annoyed, but curious, about being told that I'm too focused on insignificant things - which aren't insignificant to me!

And, who are "they" to speak for what's insignificant and what is not.. Significance is purely subjective. What is to you may not be to me, but both of us have the right of opinion. (And, the use of a good THWACK now and again.) uote]

18. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

And, who are "they" to speak for what's insignificant and what is not.. Significance is purely subjective. What is to you may not be to me, but both of us have the right of opinion. (And, the use of a good THWACK now and again.)

To paraphrase Wocca, if you find yourself passionately fighting for something that no one else seems to care about, aren't you really wasting your time and energy fighting with yourself?

Hey! That's more like the question I'm trying to ask!

19. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Then again, maybe you just haven't met others who believe as you do. No, you're not fighting yourself - just being the lone warrior for a quiet cause.

20. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Quoting isadora

And, who are "they" to speak for what's insignificant and what is not.. Significance is purely subjective. What is to you may not be to me, but both of us have the right of opinion. (And, the use of a good THWACK now and again.)

To paraphrase Wocca, if you find yourself passionately fighting for something that no one else seems to care about, aren't you really wasting your time and energy fighting with yourself?

Hey! That's more like the question I'm trying to ask!

Do the words "internal conflict" bear any relevance ?