In the middle years one thinks in terms of accomplishing tasks, fulfilling roles inherent in creating a home, working a career, raising children, growing a marriage, and/or feeding the soul.
In later years one looks back - now and then, not constantly - to observe, to learn, and in so doing realizes beauty in both victory and defeat for they weave together to benefit the one who pays attention. Wisdom serves the willing. Wisdom gleaned gives life inspiration which - hopefully - flowers into a 'garland of beautiful deeds.'
Cultivating beauty is a choice eagerly planted in youth, tenderly nurtured in middle years, quietly matured when clarity, contemplation, and contentment replace necessary busyness.
|'Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.' ~ Buddha|
Those in their third act may embrace a life of beauty, give freely from their wisdom, move forward in harvesting all that life has to offer.
As for the rest of us, we might consider revering the wise elderly, for in them is all of us.