3rd Prize at the Essay Competition: Caring for The Elderly

3rd Prize at the Essay Competition organised by the Department of English and Communication

Khiugiangliu Zofia Gonmei, Allied Health Sciences

Caring for the elderly: a hindrance or an aid to self-development

To  care  for  someone  who  once  cared  for  us  is  the  highest  honour.  Getting old is an inevitable process.  It is inherent to human being.  And  with  old  age  comes  maturity,  wisdom  and  respectability.  Elderly people are precious.  They  are  the  revered  members  of  our  family,   wise  sages  and  keeper  of  traditions.  They are a goldmine storehouse of knowledge.

Personally, I feel caring for the elderly aids  to  self-development.  Old-age  is  a  time  when  they  need  help  in  things   they  effortlessly  do  by  themselves  before.  It  is  a  time  when  they need  attention  and  affection.

Elderly are the truest form of wisdom.  They have lived for a long time- from generations to generations.  They teach us respect, perseverance, wisdom.  By  being  with  them  and  caring  for  them  establish  relationships.  Connecting with them we learn to grow.  We learn patience and tolerance by caring   for them.  As they have lived long they know life very well.  They  have  been  through  the  ups  and  downs  of  life.  We  learn  how  to  face  problems-  we  learn   everyone  have  to  face  problems  and  anyone  can  overcome  it.  Elderly people love to share.  They deal with things very deeply.  They  teach  us  to  look  at  things  in  a  deeper  level  rather  than  waddling  in  the  shallow  pool.  Elderly  helps  us  to  see people  as  well  as  ourselves  differently-  in  a  good  way.  There   teach  us  that  that  there  is so  much  more  to  things  as  well  as  people  than  they  appear.  We  learn  our  identity  and  discover  who  we  really  are  by  being  with  them.  We  become  more  self  aware  and  wiser  through  all  the   things  they  teach  and  do.  Through  their  actions  we  imbibe  better  the  seeds  they  sown  Through their  calmness  and  serenity  from  all  the  experiences  and  lessons  they  have  learnt  and  gathered  through  the  years  they  provide  us  a  better  platform  for  us  follow  and  imitate  as  actions  speak  louder  than  words.  Caring  for  them  benefits  us  in  many  ways  and  prepares   us  to  face  life  and  overcome  it.  All  the  little  things  that  we  learnt  through  caring  strengthens  us  and  help  us  to  live  life  in  fulfilment  and  satisfaction;  storing  all  the  things  that  we  learnt  and  doing it.

Elderly teach us the value of family, relationships and life.  As  humans  are  industrious  being-  we  don’t  like  to  feel  stagnant.  We love progress.  And through progress we win.  Caring  for  the  elders  help  us  to  grow  in  many  ways  which  altogether  lead  to  who  we  are.  We owe to them.  We will not be here if it were not for them.

It  is  everyone’s  responsibility  to  grow  into  a  respectable  elder-  someone  whom  we  can  go    to  for  help  and  counsel.  And  as  no  man  is  an  island  and  he  is  constantly  shaped  and  influenced  by  the  experience  of  life  he  go  through , it  is  very  important  that  he  get   the  right  experience  and  counsel  by  being  with  the  diamonds,  and  storehouse  of  wisdom  and  goodness-  the  elderly!

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